On This Day

Events in History in May 1884

  • May 1 Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • May 1 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • May 13 Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
  • May 14 Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
  • May 17 Alaska becomes a US territory
  • May 19 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
  • May 24 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
  • May 29 Europe's first steam cable trams start in Highgate, London
  • May 31 Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"