On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1799

  • May 11 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • May 20 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1850)
  • May 21 Mary Anning, Lyme Regis, Dorset, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset)
  • May 23 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), born in London (d. 1845)
  • May 27 Fromental Halévy, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1862)