On This Day

Historical Events in May 1901

  • May 1 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits first grand slam in American League history in 19-9 win at home against Detroit; Tigers commit 12 errors
  • May 1 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • May 3 Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 8 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • May 8 A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
  • May 9 Cleveland's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2

AustraliaFirst Australian Parliament

May 9 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

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Federal Labor Party MPs elected to the Australian House of Representatives and Senate at the first 1901 election
Federal Labor Party MPs elected to the Australian House of Representatives and Senate at the first 1901 election
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  • May 9 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • May 12 US President McKinley visits San Francisco
  • May 23 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • May 23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • May 24 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales
  • May 28 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2
  • May 28 Laws against phosphor matches enacted (inhibition white phosphorous)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • May 30 Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • May 31 At the opening of the Greek National Assembly, Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete, asks it to endorse the union of Crete with Greece; the proposal is later rejected