May 1844 in History

Events in History

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

May 1 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • May 6 Johan Thorbecke argues general right to vote
  • May 23 Declaration of Bab (Baha'i festival) ('Azamat 7, 1)

CommunicationHistoric Communication

May 24 Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" in the world's 1st telegraph message

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • May 25 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 2 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Elijah McCoy
  • May 3 Edouard A Drumont, French anti-semitic journalist
  • May 17 Julius Wellhausen, German biblical scholar (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, French ambassador/painter (Dream)
  • May 22 Mary Cassatt, US, Impressionist painter (Woman Bathing)
  • May 23 `Abdu'l-Bahá, Successor to Prophet of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1921)

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Charles XIV Johan, [Jean B Bernadotte], King of Sweden/Norway, dies
  • May 18 Richard McCarty, American politician (b. 1780)
  • May 24 William Crockford, clubman/gambler, dies