On This Day

May 1885 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • May 2 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • May 2 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • May 7 John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
  • May 8 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge in Bristol, England

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leads to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

Politician and Revolutionary Louis Riel
Politician and Revolutionary
Louis Riel
  • May 15 Canadian Métis insurgent Louis Reil captured in the aftermath of the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan
  • May 19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • May 5 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State) (d. 1951)
  • May 10 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • May 18 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Brazilian leader, President of Brazil (1945-50), born in Cuiabá, Brazil (d. 1974)
  • May 21 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • May 22 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist Party leader, born in Fratta Polesine, Italy (d. 1924)
  • May 22 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, born in Kitsuki, Ōita, Japan (d. 1957
  • May 24 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst, born in Turton, Lancashire (d. 1948).
  • May 29 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), born in Biebrich, Germany (d. 1964)
  • May 31 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, born in Graz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

May 5 Author Gerhart Hauptmann (22) weds Marie Thienemann

Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • May 13 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • May 13 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75
  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)

Person of interestVictor Hugo

May 22 Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • May 29 Alfred Meissner, Austrian poet (Ziska), dies at 62