May 1883 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 "Buffalo Bill" Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show
  • May 1 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • May 4 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi)
  • May 15 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 17 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • May 27 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • May 30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • May 31 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • May 6 Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher/author [or May 9]
  • May 7 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Church Jesus Christ)
  • May 13 Henk JFM Sneevliet, leader RSAP/editor Spartacus (Dutch-Indies)
  • May 13 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (d. 1962)
  • May 14 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • May 14 Julian Eltinge, Mass, vaudeville star/greatest female impersonator
  • May 18 Walter Gropius, architect (Bauhaus school of design), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 19 Henricus WJM Keuls, Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
  • May 20 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher
  • May 28 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian activist (d. 1966)
  • May 28 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
  • May 31 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

May 7 US Senator Albert B. Fall (21) weds Emma Garland Morgan in Clarksville, Texas

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall

Deaths in History

  • May 17 Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies
  • May 20 William Chambers, author/publisher, dies
  • May 23 Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda), dies
  • May 24 Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  • May 26 Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian leader, scholar and national hero (b.1808)
  • May 26 Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)
  • May 29 Albrecht of Prussia, mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • May 29 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies