On This Day

Historical Events in May 1903

Historic Event

May 1 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the signing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904

  • May 2 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • May 3 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • May 6 Chicago White Sox commit 11 errors against Detroit Tigers but win 10-9 at South Side Park. Chicago

Historic Event

May 14 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

  • May 16 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip began in San Francisco by George A. Wyman (arrives in New York July 6)
  • May 17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 20 Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State
  • May 22 Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.
  • May 23 1st automobile trip across US leaves San Francisco for New York, (arrives July 26)
  • May 23 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin
  • May 27 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

Historic Event

May 27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam

  • May 29 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization
  • May 30 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8