What Happened in May 1855

Historical Events

  • May 3 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
  • May 5 NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 2 Theodore Moses Tobani, composer
  • May 8 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 Julius Rontgen, composer
  • May 10 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 11 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • May 15 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • May 21 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • May 24 Arthur Wing Pinero, British playwright

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • May 5 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • May 15 Jan Mazereeuw, Frisian farmer/sect leader, dies at 75
  • May 23 Charles Robert Malden, English explorer (b. 1797)
  • May 27 Nikolaj A Bestoezjev, Russ writer/painter (Account of Holland), dies