What Happened in May 1837

Historical Events

  • May 3 The University of Athens is founded.

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May 6 John Deere creates the first steel plough

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • May 9 "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
  • May 10 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • May 25 The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • May 31 Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Henry Martyn Robert, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order)
  • May 9 Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
  • May 10 Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)
  • May 23 James Sanks Brisbin, American ducator, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)

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May 27 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois (d. 1876)

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • May 27 Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1912)
  • May 27 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter (d. 1887)
  • May 28 George Ashlin, Irish architect (d. 1921)
  • May 28 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (d. 1908)
  • May 29 Alexander F de Savornin Lohmann, Dutch minister/party leader (CHU)
  • May 29 Luca Fumagalli, composer
  • May 31 Ernest Daudet, French writer (White Terror)
  • May 31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • May 31 William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer/bandmaster, dies at 85
  • May 8 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1770)

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May 31 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", dies at 57

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi