May 1, 1851: The Great Exhibition opens in London. The building housing this first World's Fair would come to be known as the Crystal Palace, and the fair itself would be the model for many others throughout the world.
May 1, 1873: An International Exhibition (another world's fair) opens in Vienna.
May 1, 1876: Britain's Queen Victoria declared Empress of India. (She began officially using the title on January 1, 1877.)<http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/timeline/victorianbritain_timeline_noflash.shtml>
May 1, 1893: World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago. Take a virtual tour: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma96/wce/title.html
May 8, 1886: Coca Cola invented.
May 10, 1876: The Centennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
May 12: Happy birthday, Florence Nightingale! Read about how Nightingale completely changed the public's view of nursing:
May 15, 1850: The American Vegetarian Society established at a meeting in New York. This meeting was introduced by William Alcott, whose cousin Bronson was Louisa May Alcott's father. Source: <https://ivu.org/history/societies/americanvs.html> The Introduction by William Alcott: <https://ivu.org/congress/1850/history.html>
May 19, 1884: One thousand bicycle riders convene at Ford's Opera House in Washington D.C. for the League of American Wheelman's fifth annual meeting. The National Republican newspaper reported on its front page the next day, "The opera house was decorated with flags and filled with good-looking young men, with an unusual development of the lower part of the leg. This distinguishing characteristic was made more apparent by the knee breeches and long stockings which they wore." <chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86053573/1884-05-20/ed-1/seq-1/>
May 20, 1884: The League of American Wheelmen, still in Washington, D.C. for their meet, hold championship races (watched by ladies who took a keen interest in the calves of the shapely riders), then had a grand feast at Willard's Hotel. The following account of their merriments was printed in the National Republican the next day:
May 22, 1882: The United States and Korea sign the Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce and Navigation.
May 24: Happy birthday, Queen Victoria! Born May 24, 1819.
May 24, 1844: First telegraphic message sent. [Source: Suggestive Programs for Special Day Exercises p.96.) To learn more about the telegraph and its massive significance in Victorian history, be sure to read Tom Standage's book The Victorian Internet, an excellent overview of the revolutionary nature of the telegraph and the parallels between communication in the nineteenth-century and today.
May 24, 1883: Brooklyn Bridge opens. Read about the woman who helped make it possible here: <http://roeblingmuseum.org/about-us/emily-warren-roebling/>
May 28th: Happy anniversary, Milton Hershey and Catherine Sweeney Hershey! Married May 28, 1898.
May 29, 1848: Wisconsin becomes a state
May, 29, 1879: Karl Kron's first ride on an Ordinary bicycle. He would go on to become one of the most famous Wheelmen of the 19th-century. His book about his experiences, "Ten Thousand Miles On A Bicycle" can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/h2pljur Karl Kron preferred riding alone to cycling in groups, and he had a quirky sense of humor: he dedicated his book to his bulldog Curl, "The best bulldog ever".
May 30th, 1880: The League of American Wheelman (LAW) founded.
May 31st: Happy birthday, Walt Whitman! Born May 31, 1819.
May 1st: Happy May Day!
May 5: Happy Children's Day to all our Korean friends, and our Japanese friends, too!
May 8, 2018: Teacher Appreciation Day —please enjoy sharing the educational worksheets from our website! http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/worksheets-for-k-12-students.html
The Tales of Chetzemoka
The Wheelman's Joy
PROVISIONS IN SEASON IN MAY
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"