On This Day

Historical Events in May 1911

  • May 2 French troops occupy Fès El Bali, Morocco
  • May 9 Fire breaks out at Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 11 The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • May 12 American economic expert W. Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia
  • May 12 1st Inter-Empire Championships open in London
  • May 13 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
  • May 13 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • May 15 British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill
  • May 15 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
  • May 15 Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
  • May 15 The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece
  • May 16 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands

Historic Event

May 16 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

  • May 17 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
  • May 18 President Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico's term ends

Music Premiere

May 19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France

  • May 20 Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 mins Notts v Sussex
  • May 21 French troop enter Fez in Morocco to quell anti-European agitation
  • May 22 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row

Historic Event

May 23 NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President William Howard Taft

  • May 25 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
  • May 26 Germany passes legislation organizing Alsace and Lorraine as an autonomous state with a legislature
  • May 30 1st Indianapolis 500: Ray Harroun driving a Marmon Wasp for Nordyke & Marmon Company comes out of retirement, wins inaugural event; average speed: 74.602 mph (120.060 km/h)

Historic Event

May 31 RMS Titanic launched in Belfast

  • May 31 Mexican President Porfirio Díaz flees the country during the Mexican Revolution