On This Day

Historical Events in May 1897

  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 4 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T. Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • May 11 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 12 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands
  • May 12 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece

Treaty of Interest

May 14 Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

  • May 14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)
  • May 15 The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.

Historic Event

May 15 The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee is founded in Berlin by Magnus Hirschfeld, the first-ever LGBT rights organization

Historic Event

May 17 The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland

  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • May 18 New York Giants third baseman Bill Joyce becomes last player in baseball history to hit 4 triples in a game as Giants beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-5 at Exposition Park

Music History

May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Historic Event

May 18 Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan

Historic Event

May 19 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol

Sports History

May 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid

  • May 21 Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
  • May 22 The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames, in London, England officially opens

Historic Publication

May 26 "Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

  • May 29 31st Belmont: Joe Scherrer aboard Scottish Chieftain wins in 2:23.25