On This Day

Historical Events in May 1904

  • May 2 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
  • May 4 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
  • May 4 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball as the Boston Americans beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • May 6 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • May 7 Flexible Flyer trademark registered
  • May 9 The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.

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May 11 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie

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May 17 Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • May 18 In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen
  • May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • May 21 France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Pope's attempt to discipline two French bishops; this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
  • May 25 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • May 26 In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
  • May 27 NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
  • May 28 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
  • May 30 Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader
  • May 30 The Japanese Army capture the City of Dairen after landing troops along the south coast of Manchuria