What Happened in May 1841

Historical Events

  • May 1 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • May 3 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales

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May 11 American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 James Gordon Bennett Jr., American publisher (d. 1918)
  • May 11 Ernst von Possart, German actor, stage manager and reciter, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1921)
  • May 15 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer
  • May 20 Sara Louisa Oberholtz, social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • May 21 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • May 22 Catulle Mend├Ęs, French poet (d. 1909)
  • May 24 Charles Napier Henry, painter
  • May 24 Tito Mattei, pianist/composer
  • May 28 Giovanni Sgambati, composer
  • May 29 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, (d. 1971)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Cornelis T Elout, Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
  • May 6 John Thomson, composer, dies at 35
  • May 20 Joseph Blanco White, theological writert, dies
  • May 23 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist, dies at 76