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)

1stHistoric Invention

May 14 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk

Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • 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, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), born in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium (d. 1928)
  • 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 and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), born (d. 1890)
  • 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