What Happened in May 1819

Historical Events

  • May 21 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
  • May 22 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 William Steele, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • May 3 Nicola De Giosa, composer
  • May 5 Stanislaw Moniuszko, Polish composer
  • May 15 Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • May 16 Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1898)
  • May 17 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
  • May 18 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)

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May 24 Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1837-1901), born in London (d. 1901)

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • May 27 Julia Ward Howe, US, author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
  • May 28 William Birney, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1907)
  • May 30 William McMurdo, British army officer (d. 1894)

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May 31 Walt Whitman, American poet (Leaves of Grass), born in West Hills, New York (d. 1892)


Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)

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May 8 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), dies at 81

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • May 11 Caspar Furstenau, composer, dies at 47
  • May 16 Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75
  • May 22 John H van Kinsbergen, lt-admiral/founder (Corps Marines), dies at 84