On This Day

May 1886 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • May 3 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 4 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • May 5 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fires upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • May 8 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to midshipman

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

Pharmacist John Pemberton
Pharmacist
John Pemberton

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, born in Mansfelf, Germany (d. 1956)
  • May 9 Francis Biddle, 58th United States Attorney General (1941-45), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • May 10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 10 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter (d. 1964)
  • May 17 Alfonso XIII, King of Spain (1886-1931), born in Madrid, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1941)
  • May 25 Philip Murray, 1st president of the United Steelworkers and longest-serving president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, born in Blantyre, Scotland (d. 1952)
  • May 25 Rash Behari Bose, Indian revolutionary leader against the British Raj in India, born in Bengal, India (d. 1945)
  • May 28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-American mobster, born in Cianciana, Sicily, Italy (d. 1954)
  • May 30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (Education and Living), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1918)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • May 5 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

Person of interestJohn Deere

May 17 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company) dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere

Person of interestLeopold von Ranke

May 23 Leopold von Ranke, German historian who founded the modern concept of source-based history, dies at 90