What Happened in May 1816

Historical Events

  • May 5 American Bible Society organized (NY)

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May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes "Genarvon", thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron, also depicting her husband William Lamb

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • May 10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • May 11 American Bible Society forms (NY)

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May 25 Collection of poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge published by John Murray in London, including "Kubla Khan" and "Christabel"

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union Army), (d. 1892)
  • May 14 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer
  • May 16 Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1886)
  • May 24 Emanuel Leutze, US, painter (Washington Crossing the Delaware)
  • May 24 Robert Seaman Granger, (Union Army Bvt Major general, (d. 1894))

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta

Famous Deaths

  • May 28 Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord
  • May 29 Madame L'Ouverture, widow of Haiti's leader Toussaint L'O, dies