Historical Events in May 1845

  • May 2 Argentinian Domingo Sarmiento publishes his anti-tyranny work "Facundo CivilizaciĆ³n y Barbarie"
  • May 3 1st African American lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Mass)
  • May 3 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
  • May 14 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
  • May 20 1st legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii
  • May 20 HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
  • May 28 Fire in Quebec, Canada, 1,500 houses destroyed