On This Day

May 1904 in History

Events in History

  • May 4 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
  • May 4 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
  • May 6 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • May 7 Flexible Flyer trademark registered
  • May 9 The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.

Historic Event

May 11 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

  • May 18 In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen
  • May 21 France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Pope's attempt to discipline two French bishops; this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
  • May 26 In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
  • May 30 Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader
  • May 30 The Japanese Army capture the City of Dairen after landing troops along the south coast of Manchuria

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), born in Jämshög, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • May 6 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • May 10 David Brown, CEO (Aston Martin Lagonda)
  • May 11 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer

Salvador Dali

May 11 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), born in Figueres, Spain (d. 1989)

  • May 13 Earle Birney, Canadian poet and novelist who twice won the Governor General's Award, born in Calgary, Northwest Territories (d. 1995)
  • May 14 Hans Albert Einstein, American professor (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • May 18 Jacob K. Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • May 22 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and writer (Bartje), born in Assen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • May 22 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, born in Valga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • May 24 Kenneth Buckley, British rear-admiral (d. 1992)
  • May 24 Patrick Johnson, English physicist (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, born in Seahouses, Northumberland (d. 1974)
  • May 29 Robert Knox, English bacteriologist (one of first to report MRSA) (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Ernesto de la Guardia Jr, President of Panama (1956-60)

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67
  • May 7 Peter Hille, German writer, dies at 49
  • May 8 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer, pioneer in study of motion, dies at 74
  • May 13 Jan Boissevain, ship owner/politician, dies
  • May 16 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • May 19 Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • May 26 Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist and namesake of Tourette's syndrome, dies from Syphilis at 46