May 1820 in History

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Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
  • May 4 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 12 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1910)

  • May 23 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)
  • May 23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • May 27 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • May 28 Willem Doorenbos, [Keerom], literary/critic
  • May 30 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (d. 1890)