What Happened in May 1860

Historical Events

  • May 3 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
  • May 6 SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

May 16 -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 D'Arcy Thompson, zoologist/classicist (On Growth & Form)
  • May 2 Theodor Herzl, Austria, journalist/founder (Zionist movement)
  • May 3 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist (d. 1936)
  • May 3 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician (d. 1940)
  • May 4 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 9 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • May 15 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1st wife of US President Woodrow Wilson
  • May 16 Herman Webster Mudgett, American Serial Killer (d. 1896)
  • May 19 Victor E Orlando, Italy's premier (1917-19)
  • May 20 Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • May 21 Willam Einthoven, Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)
  • May 25 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (d. 1944)
  • May 27 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (d. 1941)
  • May 29 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish composer (d. 1909)
  • May 31 Walter Richard Sickert Munich, Danish/English painter (The Miner)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Major General George McClellan (33) weds Mary Ellen at Calvary Church in NYC, New York

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Charles Barry, English architect (b. 1795)
  • May 14 Ludwig Bechstein, German writer (b. 1801)
  • May 21 Johannes Frederick Frohlich, composer, dies at 53
  • May 23 Albert Richard Smith, author/lecturer, dies