What Happened in May 1848

Historical Events

  • May 1 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • May 6 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • May 7 Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia
  • May 13 First performance of Finland's national anthem.
  • May 17 Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck resigns as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Netherlands
  • May 18 Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • May 19 1st department store opens
  • May 19 Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war
  • May 29 Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte
  • May 29 Wisconsin becomes 30th state
  • May 30 Second Battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
  • May 30 William G Young patents ice cream freezer
  • May 30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer
  • May 15 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • May 23 Helmuth J L von Moltke, German general/chief of staff (WWI)
  • May 23 Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • May 18 William A Leidesdorf, mixed-race early Californian, dies at 38 in SF
  • May 25 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • May 31 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)