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)

Historic Event

May 15 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to midshipman

Historic Invention

May 29 American pharmacist John Pemberton begins to advertise his patent medicine - Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia


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 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 12 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter (d. 1964)

Alfonso XIIIAlfonso XIII (1886-1941)

May 17 King of Spain (1886-1931), born in Madrid, Kingdom of Spain

  • 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, Dutch writer (Country of Rubens), dies at 59
  • May 5 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson (1830-1886)

May 15 American poet (Collected Poems), dies of nephritis at 55

John DeereJohn Deere (1804-1886)

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

Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke (1795-1886)

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