May 1898 in history

May 1898 events chronologically

May 1 Spanish–American War — Battle of Manila Bay: The United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war
May 8 The first games of the Italian football league system are played

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1898

May 3 Golda Meir an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
May 5 Blind Willie McTell a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum
May 8 Aloysius Stepinac a Croatian Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960. In 1998 he was declared a martyr and beatified by Pope John Paul II
May 16 Tamara de Lempicka a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star". Influenced by Cubism, Lempicka became the leading representative of the Art Deco style across two continents, a favorite artist of many Hollywood stars, referred to as 'the baroness with a brush'. She was the most fashionable portrait painter of her generation among the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy, painting duchesses and grand dukes and socialites. Through her network of friends, she was also able to display her paintings in the most elite salons of the era. Lempicka was criticized as well as admired for her 'perverse Ingrism', referring to her modern restatement of the master Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, as displayed in her work Group of Four Nudes among other studies
May 16 Kenji Mizoguchi a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film Ugetsu won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène. According to writer Mark Le Fanu, "His films have an extraordinary force and purity. They shake and move the viewer by the power, refinement and compassion with which they confront human suffering."
May 19 Julius Evola an Italian philosopher, and esotericist. Evola regarded his perspectives and spiritual values as aristocratic, masculine, traditionalist, heroic and defiantly reactionary
May 25 Armand Hammer an American business manager and owner, most closely associated with Occidental Petroleum, a company he ran from 1957 until his death, though he was known as well for his art collection, his philanthropy, and for his close ties to the Soviet Union.

Top 7 most famous people died in May 1898

May 15 Ede Reményi a Hungarian violinist and composer. His birth date is disputed, and variously given from 1828-1830
May 16 Jean Antoine Zinnen a Luxembourgian composer, best known for the Luxembourgish national anthem, Ons Hémécht.
May 19 William Ewart Gladstone a British Liberal politician. In a career lasting over sixty years, he served as Prime Minister four separate times , more than any other person, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times. Gladstone was also Britain's oldest Prime Minister; he resigned for the final time when he was 84 years old
May 19 Oran Milo Roberts the 17th Governor of Texas from January 21, 1879 to January 16, 1883. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Roberts County, Texas, is named after him
May 22 Edward Bellamy an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, a Rip Van Winkle-like tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy's vision of a harmonious future world inspired the formation of over 160 "Nationalist Clubs" dedicated to the propagation of Bellamy's political ideas and working to make them a practical reality
May 24 Benedetto Brin an Italian naval administrator and politician.
May 29 Prince Gong (Qing dynasty) a prince and statesman of the Qing dynasty. He was the sixth son of the Daoguang Emperor and a half brother of Daoguang's successor, the Xianfeng emperor. He served as a regent during the reign of Xianfeng's son and successor, the Tongzhi emperor. Having established the Zongli Yamen — a government body in charge of foreign affairs — in 1861, Yixin is best remembered as a proponent of friendly relations between the Qing government and other great powers of that era, as well as for his attempts to modernise China in the late 19th century. The last decades of his career were marked by conflict with conservative elements in the court, and he died in relative disgrace