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, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • May 15 Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, 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, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • May 5 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • May 10 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • May 18 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • May 21 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • May 22 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (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 (d. 1948).
  • May 29 Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)
  • May 31 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Author Gerhart Hauptmann (22) weds Marie Thienemann

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
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 physician (b. 1809)
  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
  • May 22 Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83
  • May 29 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63