What Happened in May 1859

Historical Events

  • May 4 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • May 17 Australian Rules Football first 'laws of the game' published
  • May 31 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Bohuslav Jeremias, composer
  • May 1 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • May 2 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer
  • May 2 Jerome Klapka Jerome, English writer (d. 1927)
  • May 3 Andy Adams, US writer (Log of a Cowboy)
  • May 6 Luis Maria Drago, Argentina, statesman, anti-interventionist
  • May 6 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)
  • May 8 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • May 13 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • May 15 Pierre Curie, France, physicist (Nobel 1903)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Arthur Conan Doyle, British author who brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • May 26 Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)
  • May 30 Pierre Marie Felix Janet, France, psychologist/neurologist

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • May 4 Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician (b. 1771)
  • May 5 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • May 6 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • May 10 John Archduke of Austria, dies
  • May 22 Ferdinand II, [Re Bomba], Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49