Historical Events in May 1856

  • May 7 Argentina & Brazil sign a navigation pact
  • May 15 2nd SF Vigilance Committee organized
  • May 19 Sen Charles Sumner, Mass, spoke out against slavery
  • May 21 Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces
  • May 22 Violence in the US Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner
  • May 24 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
  • May 27 Doctor William Palmer (the Rugeley Poisoner ) found guilty of poisoning in Stafford, England