May 1898 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • May 3 Camp Merriman forms at Presidio San Francisco (see 0517)
  • May 8 The first games of the Italian Football League are played
  • May 12 Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
  • May 17 Camp Merritt forms in Presidio [see 0503]
  • May 19 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901, known as "souvenir cards"
  • May 21 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized
  • May 23 1st Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco
  • May 26 San Francisco approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
  • May 27 Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the Wells" premieres in London

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Eugene R Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62)
  • May 2 Jef [Josephus C F] Last, Dutch poet/politician (The Spark)

Person of interestGolda Meir

May 3 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1978)

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • May 3 Septima Poinsette Clark, civil rights activist/educator
  • May 6 Daniel Gerber, Freemont Mi, beloved by babies at mealtime
  • May 7 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, born in Bournemouth (d. 1996)
  • May 10 Ariel Durant, writer (Story of Civilization)
  • May 13 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (d. 2007)
  • May 16 August de Schrijver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
  • May 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)
  • May 17 Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Juan J Domenchina, Spanish poet/interpreter (sombra desterrada)
  • May 19 Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (d. 1974)
  • May 21 Armand Hammer, American millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Scott O'Dell, American author (d. 1989)
  • May 24 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer/illustrator (Orlando)
  • May 25 Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What's My Line)
  • May 25 Gustav Regler, German writer, born in Merzig (d. 1963)
  • May 31 Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • May 2 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, dies of an old war wound at 60

Person of interestWilliam Gladstone

May 19 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), dies of heart failure at 88

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • May 22 Edward Bellamy, American author/socialist, dies of tuberculosis at 48