May 1892 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
  • May 19 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
  • May 19 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
  • May 20 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
  • May 20 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy & Austria forms
  • May 22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir

Birthdays in History


Person of interestThe Red Baron

May 2 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • May 3 George Paget Thomson, English pysicist, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), born in Cambridge (d. 1943)
  • May 7 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and poet (Conquistador), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • May 7 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1980)
  • May 9 Zita, empress (Austria)/Queen (Hungary)
  • May 12 Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • May 16 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • May 19 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]
  • May 21 John Peale Bishop, US poet (This Side of Paradise)
  • May 29 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal)
  • May 30 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (d. 1972)
  • May 31 Gregor Strasser, German pharmacist/NSDAP-Reich organization leader
  • May 31 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Bespokojnaja Joenostj) [NS]
  • May 31 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • May 31 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • May 5 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • May 15 Arthur Hodister, British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
  • May 16 John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies
  • May 16 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • May 17 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
  • May 29 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74