May 1868 in History

Events in History

  • May 9 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
  • May 14 Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of NikkĊ.
  • May 15 Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls

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May 16 US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote.

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • May 20 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant
  • May 22 Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by the Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000
  • May 26 President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
  • May 29 The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade.
  • May 30 'Decoration Day', later called Memorial Day, first observed in Northern US states
  • May 31 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, Poland, novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924)
  • May 6 Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
  • May 12 Halsey William Wilson, US, publisher of reference books
  • May 17 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer (d. 1920)

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May 18 Nicholas II Alexandrovich, Last tsar of Russia (1894-1917), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

  • May 19 John Fillmore Hayford, Rouses Point New York, American Geodesist who established the theory of isostasy and founded the modern science of geodesy (precise measurements of the shape of the earth)
  • May 24 Charles E. Taylor, First aircraft maintenance professional (d. 1956)
  • May 28 Claude Anet, [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue)

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)
  • May 10 Henry Bennett, American politician (b. 1808)
  • May 17 Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834)
  • May 22 Julius Plucker, German mathematician/physicist (formula of P), dies

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May 23 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 58

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Kit Carson
  • May 26 Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, last British public execution
  • May 29 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia (b. 1823)