May 1875 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • May 1 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • May 7 German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed
  • May 11 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
  • May 16 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • May 20 International Bureau of Weights & Measures formed by the signing of the Metre Convention treaty by 17 states and prototypes of the meter and the kilogram selected
  • May 31 Reciprocity Treaty between US & Hawaii ratified

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), born in Alava, Spain (d. 1936)
  • May 6 William D. Leahy, American admiral and chief of staff (1949), born in Hampton, Iowa (d. 1959)

Harriet QuimbyHarriet Quimby (1875-1912)

May 11 American pioneering aviator, 1st woman in the US to receive a pilot certificate and to cross the English Channel, born in Arcadia, Michigan [1]

  • May 23 Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)
  • May 30 Giovanni Gentile, Italian philosopher (The Doctrine of Fascism), born in Castelvetrano, Italy (d. 1944)

Deaths in History

  • May 17 John C. Breckinridge, American politician (14th US VP (1857-61 at just 36) and Confederate general, dies at 54
  • May 20 Amalia of Oldenburg, Queen of Greece, German born consort of King Otto of Greece, dies at 58