What Happened in May 1857

Historical Events

  • 1st William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
  • 10th Indian Mutiny begins with revolt of Sepoys in Meerut
  • 19th William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

26th US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow 3 months after US courts ruled against them.

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Frederic Cliffe, composer
  • 3rd George Gore, American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • 7th William A. MacCorkle, American politician (d. 1930)
  • 8th Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor/husband of Alida Klein
  • 10th Hendrik Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olfactometer)
  • 13th Ronald Ross, England, pathologist (Nobel 1902)
  • 15th Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • 16th Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • 19th John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 31st Pius XI, [Ambrogio DA Ratti], Italy, 259th Pope (1922-39)

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd LC Alfred the Musset, French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies
  • 11th E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
  • 23rd Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician (b. 1789)