May 1881 in History

Events in History

  • May 5 Anti-Jewish rioting in Kiev, Ukraine

AgreementContract of Interest

May 8 Henry Morton Stanley signs the first of many contracts with the Congolian monarch

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • May 10 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • May 12 Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate
  • May 16 World's 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • May 17 Revised version of New Testament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • May 24 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • May 24 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher/paleontologist
  • May 4 Aleksander Kerensky, Russian premier (1917), born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1970)
  • May 11 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • May 14 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)

Person of interestMustafa Kemal Atatürk

May 19 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (1923-38) and founder of the Republic of Turkey, born in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (d. 1938)

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • May 20 Wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
  • May 27 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer
  • May 30 Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (d. 1968)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov

Deaths in History

  • May 1 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • May 3 Josip Jurcic, Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
  • May 11 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • May 24 Samuel Palmer, British landscape painter, dies at 76
  • May 26 Jakob Bernays, German philologist (b. 1824)