On This Day

Events in History in May 1883

  • May 1 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • May 4 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi)
  • May 10 First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada
  • May 15 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 17 Buffalo Bill's 1st Wild West show opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • May 19 William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska

Notable FireworksBrooklyn Bridge Opens

May 24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland

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Lithograph depicting fireworks on the opening night of the Brooklyn Bridge
Lithograph depicting fireworks on the opening night of the Brooklyn Bridge
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  • May 27 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • May 30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • May 31 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar