What Happened in May 1853

Historical Events

  • May 1 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • May 2 Franconi's Hippodrome opens (NYC)
  • May 6 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
  • May 14 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher, and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk
  • May 17 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • May 23 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)
  • May 31 Elisha Kane's Arctic expedition leaves NY aboard Advance

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Marie Verstraete, actress (Louise-Frou Frou)
  • May 8 Charles Lee Williams, composer
  • May 8 Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • May 21 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (d. 1905)
  • May 26 Monroe A Althouse, composer
  • May 28 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (d. 1919)
  • May 30 Andries Andre, Dutch actor/husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen
  • May 30 Karl Fritjof Valentin, composer

Famous Weddings

  • May 19 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • May 9 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer, dies at 73