May 1891 in History

Events in History

  • May 7 Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Muslim rebellion, 300 killed

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May 11 The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

  • May 12 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • May 15 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
  • May 15 Operations begin at Philips & Co in Holland
  • May 15 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum
  • May 16 George A. Hormel & Co establishes Geo. A.Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods Corporation) in Austin, Minnesota
  • May 19 Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered

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May 20 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club

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  • May 31 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet (d. 1969)
  • May 4 Johan W F Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread)
  • May 7 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • May 11 Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
  • May 15 David Vogel, Ukraine, author (Huwelijksleven)
  • May 15 Fritz Feigl, Austrian chemist (spot tests)
  • May 15 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian playwright/novelist (Black Snow)
  • May 17 Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (d. 1959)
  • May 18 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • May 19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • May 22 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • May 22 Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)
  • May 23 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1974)
  • May 24 Benedictus H Danser, Dutch botanist
  • May 24 William F Albright, US old testament scholar/archaeologist
  • May 25 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • May 30 Iman J van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
  • May 8 Helena Petrovina Blavatsky, Russian theosophist, dies
  • May 11 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), dies at 71
  • May 16 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)