On This Day

Historical Events in May 1900

  • May 1 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah

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May 2 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

  • May 3 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25
  • May 5 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • May 8 John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals

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May 11 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • May 12 Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
  • May 12 Lord Roberts' British forces occupy Crown city during Boer War
  • May 17 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
  • May 17 In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed
  • May 17 "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago
  • May 18 Britain proclaims protectorate over Kingdom of Tonga
  • May 19 World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) linking Italy and Switzerland opens
  • May 20 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in Paris (last 5 months)
  • May 22 Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative
  • May 22 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

  • May 23 Associated Press News Service forms in NY
  • May 23 William Harvey Carney becomes the first African-American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Civil War at the Battle of Fort Wagner
  • May 24 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21ΒΌ
  • May 25 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • May 26 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 27 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 28 Fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys Reds' grandstand
  • May 28 Total solar eclipse occurs
  • May 28 In China, rioters provoked by Boxers burn the Fengtai Railway Station, where many Belgians work

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May 28 Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British

3rd President of the South African Republic Paul Kruger
3rd President of the South African Republic
Paul Kruger
  • May 29 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • May 29 Trademark "Escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Co.
  • May 31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • May 31 Piet de Law captures Lt Col BE Spragges, 13th Battalion Irish Imperial Yeomanry
  • May 31 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
  • May 31 US troops arrive in Beijing, help put down Boxer Rebellion