What Happened in May 1842

Historical Events

  • May 5 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
  • May 8 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
  • May 14 Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • May 22 Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 30 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, composer
  • May 8 Emil C Hansen, Danish physiologist
  • May 12 Jules Emile Fred Massenet, Montaud France, composer (Manon, Le Cid)
  • May 13 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (b. 1790)
  • May 15 Emanuel A D M J count de las Cases, French historian (Napoleon), dies at 76
  • May 23 Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary/poet, dies at 34