What Happened in May 1816

Historical Events

  • May 5 American Bible Society organized (NY)
  • May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes "Genarvon", thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron, also depicting her husband William Lamb
  • May 10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • May 11 American Bible Society forms (NY)

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