What Happened in May 1854

Historical Events

  • May 1 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
  • May 5 English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast

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May 21 Frederic Mistral, Joseph Roumanille, and five other Provencal poets found FĂ©librige, a literary and cultural association

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral
  • May 24 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston
  • May 24 Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in US founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson
  • May 27 Marine Telegraph from Ft Point to SF completed
  • May 30 Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
  • May 30 Territories of Kansas & Nebraska created

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Antonio Smareglia, composer
  • May 11 John Blackham, cricketer (Australia's 1st wicketkeeper)
  • May 11 Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
  • May 13 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch director (Lost & Found, Silvia Silombra)
  • May 13 Paul Klengel, composer
  • May 18 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (To my Fatherland)
  • May 24 Louis Mountbatten, admiral (WW I)
  • May 24 John Riley Banister, American law officer and cowboy (d. 1918)
  • May 27 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Jeune Belgium)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 William Beale, composer, dies at 70
  • May 31 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer, dies at 34