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

Historic Event

May 1 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York (runs till 2 November)

  • 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

First Australian Parliament

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

  • 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 Battle

May 23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, 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 Premiere

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

  • 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