What Happened in May 1839

Historical Events

  • May 4 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
  • May 8 Francis W Warre-Cornish, English vice-provost of Eton/writer
  • May 8 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (O Canada) (d. 1920)
  • May 19 Alice Mary Smith, composer
  • May 25 John Eliot, English meteorologist
  • May 27 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author/critic (Roccaverdina)
  • May 29 Ned Gregory, cricketer (bro of Dave, father of Syd Played 1st Test)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67
  • May 13 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, found Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • May 13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • May 17 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Carolina [Maria A] Bonaparte (countess Lipona), dies at 57