On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1839

  • May 1 Hilaire de Chardonnet, French industrialist and inventor (rayon), born in Besançon, France (d. 1924)
  • May 8 Francis Warre-Cornish, English scholar and writer (d. 1916)
  • May 8 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist ("O! Canada"), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • May 19 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)
  • May 25 John Eliot, English meteorologist, born in Lamesley, Durham (d. 1908)
  • May 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (Roccaverdina), born in Mineo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1915)
  • May 29 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1899)