What Happened in May 1836

Historical Events

  • May 7 The settlement of Mayag├╝ez, Puerto Rico, is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain.

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May 9 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius

Naturalist Charles Darwin
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Charles Darwin
  • May 15 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
  • May 22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • May 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • May 14 James Patrick Major, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • May 17 Joseph Norman Lockyer, discoverer (Helium)/founder (Nature magazine)
  • May 17 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austria, world chess champion (1866-94)
  • May 17 Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (d. 1923)
  • May 18 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer
  • May 24 Joseph Rowntree, British social reformer (d. 1925)
  • May 27 Edwin Gray Lee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • May 27 Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier
  • May 28 Alexander Mitscherlich, German chemist (d. 1918)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 16 US writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm


Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer, dies at 78
  • May 7 Norbert Burgmuller, composer, dies at 26
  • May 28 Anton Reicha, composer, dies at 66