What Happened in May 1847

Historical Events

  • May 4 NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
  • May 5 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • May 7 American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
  • May 8 Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • May 31 Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Archibald Primrose, Earl of Rosebery (Lib), British PM (1894-95)
  • May 10 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (d. 1923)
  • May 13 Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • May 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, composer
  • May 25 John Alexander Dowie, [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist
  • May 30 Alice Sophia Stopford Green, Ireland, proponent of Irish independence

Famous Deaths

  • May 14 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, composer, dies at 41
  • May 16 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • May 20 Mary Lamb, writer, dies
  • May 29 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
  • May 31 Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (b. 1780)