May 1872 in History

Events in History

  • May 10 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC
  • May 16 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
  • May 17 Bohemian Club incorporated in San Francisco
  • May 22 Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners (except for 500)

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • May 2 G G van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)
  • May 6 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • May 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • May 14 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)
  • May 18 Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
  • May 21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
  • May 31 Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)
  • May 31 William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies
  • May 19 Johan van Dale, schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
  • May 24 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, painter, dies