What Happened in May 1850

Historical Events

  • May 1 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • May 11 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
  • May 27 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • May 8 Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • May 10 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 12 Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • May 16 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • May 17 Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • May 18 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • May 20 Eaton Faning, composer
  • May 21 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • May 22 Johann Schrammel, composer
  • May 24 Ernest Albert Waterlow, water-color painter
  • May 26 Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Stupid force)
  • May 27 Thomas Neill Cream, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.


Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies
  • May 24 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74