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May 1905 in History

Events in History

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 2 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • May 5 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
  • May 8 Union of Unions organizes In Russia under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage
  • May 15 Las Vegas founded in Nevada
  • May 15 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza reaches Leopoldville
  • May 22 Royal Academy in Delft Holland becomes Technical High School
  • May 26 A pogrom against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia

Battle of InterestBattle of Tsushima

May 27 Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea fleet in the Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive clash between modern steel battleships in history

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Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō on the bridge of Mikasa, at the beginning of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905.
Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō on the bridge of Mikasa, at the beginning of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905.
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  • May 29 Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk, Lithuania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Emperor Wilhelm II lands in Tanger

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1980-85), born in Kharkiv, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • May 1 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, born in Munich, German Empire (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National & Black Front, born in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • May 5 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public health 1958), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • May 6 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toots Shor's Restaurant), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • May 10 Angus Paton, civil engineer
  • May 11 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • May 13 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), born in Delhi, British India (d. 1977)
  • May 14 Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • May 16 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
  • May 20 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • May 20 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • May 24 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), born in Veshenskaya, Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)

Deaths in History

  • May 23 Martinus W van AA Meerbeke, head-editor (Time), dies at 75
  • May 26 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies