What Happened in May 1845

Historical Events

  • May 2 Argentinian Domingo Sarmiento publishes his anti-tyranny work "Facundo Civilizaci├│n y Barbarie"
  • May 3 1st African American lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Mass)
  • May 3 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
  • May 14 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
  • May 20 1st legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii
  • May 20 HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
  • May 28 Fire in Quebec, Canada, 1,500 houses destroyed

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Jacob van Stolk Azn, timber merchant/art collector
  • May 12 Gabriel Urbain Faure, Pamiers France, composer (Requiem, Ballade)
  • May 15 Ilya Mechnikov, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist known as the "father of natural immunity" (Nobel 1908), born in Ivanovka, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire
  • May 25 Lip Pike, American baseball player (d. 1883)
  • May 30 Amadeus/Amadeo I, duke of Aosta and King of Spain (1870-73)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • May 11 Karoly Filtsch, composer, dies at 14
  • May 12 August Wilhelm Schlegel, German poet/interpreter/critic, dies at 77
  • May 12 J├ínos Bacsanyi, Hungarian poet (b. 1763)
  • May 15 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer, dies at 76
  • May 19 Maria EJ Versfelt, mistress of general Moreau/marshal Ney, dies at 68