May 1847 in History

Events in History

  • May 4 NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
  • May 5 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • May 7 American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
  • May 8 Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • May 31 Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 7 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • May 10 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (d. 1923)
  • May 25 John Alexander Dowie, [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist
  • May 30 Alice Sophia Stopford Green, Ireland, proponent of Irish independence

Deaths in History

  • May 20 Mary Lamb, writer, dies
  • May 29 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
  • May 31 Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (b. 1780)