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May 1893 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago

Historic CommunicationPanic of 1893

May 5 Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange

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The panicked scene at the New York Stock Exchange on the infamous morning of Friday, 5 May, 1893
The panicked scene at the New York Stock Exchange on the infamous morning of Friday, 5 May, 1893
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  • May 10 Imperial Institute in London opens
  • May 19 Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley killing 111 in Norway
  • May 22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • May 27 Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
  • May 31 Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor, born in Abasha, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • May 9 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • May 14 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • May 15 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), born in London (d. 1942)
  • May 16 Jose Calvo Sotelo, Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
  • May 17 Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1961)
  • May 23 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)
  • May 24 Walter Baade, German-American astronomer (Andromeda), born in Schröttinghausen, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • May 27 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • May 14 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician (surface of Kummer), dies at 83
  • May 14 Johan T Buys, Dutch lawyer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman, dies at 87