What Happened in May 1843

Historical Events

  • May 4 Great Britain annexes Natal
  • May 18 United Free Church of Scotland forms
  • May 22 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Carl Michael Ziehrer, composer
  • May 6 Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah
  • May 9 Belle Boyd, spy (Confederate)/actress/lecturer
  • May 10 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, born in Fürth (d. 1926)
  • May 10 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (d. 1920)
  • May 13 Count Paul J Smet de Naeyer, Belgian politician
  • May 21 Charles-Albert Gobat, Tramelan, Switzerland, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1914)
  • May 21 Louis Renault, French lawyer
  • May 23 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer
  • May 29 Emile Pessard, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Johann Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 74
  • May 24 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 28 Noah Webster, American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster