May 1873 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st US postal card issued
  • May 1 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna
  • May 7 US marines attack Panama
  • May 9 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression
  • May 12 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden

Historic Invention

May 20 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets

  • May 23 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
  • May 23 Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time

Historic Discovery

May 27 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den), born in Møre og Romsdal, Norway (d. 1942)
  • May 3 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1945)
  • May 5 Leon Czolgosz, American anarchist and assassin of US President William McKinley, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1901)
  • May 9 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), born in Kladno, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1933)

Howard CarterHoward Carter (1873-1939)

May 9 British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London

  • May 9 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), born in London (d. 1937)
  • May 10 Carl Eldh, Swedish artist and sculptor, born in Östhammar Municipality, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • May 10 Jan Kalf, Dutch art historian and literary scholar (Monument Conservation), (d. 1954)
  • May 17 Dorothy M. Richardson, English novelist (Pilgrimage), born in Abington, Berkshire (d. 1957)
  • May 17 Henri Barbusse, French novelist (Le Feu), born in Asnieres, France (d. 1935)
  • May 21 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • May 21 Everard Verachtert, Flemish translator (I speak beschaafd Dutch)
  • May 21 Hans Berger, German neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and inventor of electroencephalography (EEG), born in Neuses, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • May 23 Leo Baeck, rabbi/president (World Union for Progressive Judaism)
  • May 26 C.G.N. de Vooys, Dutch translator and founder (New Taalgids), born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • May 26 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

David LivingstoneDavid Livingstone (1813-1873)

May 1 Scottish explorer who was famously found by Henry Morton Stanley in Africa, dies allegedly of malaria and internal bleeding caused by dysentery at 60

  • May 6 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), dies at 82
  • May 7 Salmon P. Chase, American politician and jurist (Senator and Governor of Ohio, US Chief Justice 1864-73), dies at 65

John Stuart MillJohn Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

May 8 English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, dies of erysipelas at 66

  • May 14 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and writer (b. 1797)
  • May 15 Alexandru Ioan Cuza, 1st Prince of united Romania (land reform, emancipated peasants), dies in exile at 53
  • May 20 Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • May 22 Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet and novelist (Betrothed), dies at 88