May 1896 in History

Events in History

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May 1 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • May 4 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
  • May 4 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • May 6 Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • May 9 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • May 14 Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F /-23°C at Climax, Colorado)
  • May 15 Tornado kills 78 in Texas
  • May 18 US Supreme court affirms legitimacy of racial separation (Plessy v Ferguson)

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May 18 Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of 1,389 people

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May 19 1st auto (Karl Benz) arrives in Netherlands

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • May 26 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • May 26 Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
  • May 26 James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
  • May 27 Bay District Race Track in San Francisco closes
  • May 27 Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • May 1 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • May 1 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • May 2 Helen of Greece and Denmark, queen of Romania (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (d. 1990)
  • May 3 Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
  • May 7 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia
  • May 11 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
  • May 17 Hannah Tillich, writer
  • May 18 Walter Fitzgerald, Keyhan Devonport England
  • May 19 Michael Balcon, producer/father of Jill Balcon, born in Birmingham, England
  • May 23 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (d. 1966)
  • May 25 Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist/church historian
  • May 29 George L Funke, botanist (Flower Physiology)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • May 5 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)


May 7 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], 1st known American serial killer executed by hanging at 34

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • May 13 Nora Perry, writer, dies
  • May 27 Allard Pierson, theologist/philosopher/art historian/poet, dies
  • May 27 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • May 29 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (b. 1814)