On This Day

May 1877 in History

Events in History


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May 5 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • May 7 Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
  • May 8 1st Westminster Dog Show held
  • May 9 Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day becomes the Independence Day of Romania.
  • May 12 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • May 13 Caesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides" premieres
  • May 16 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • May 17 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1925)
  • May 26 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte), born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1968)
  • May 26 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1966)

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63