On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1856

Person of interestRobert Peary

May 6 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer who claimed to have 1st reached geographic North Pole (Apr 6 1909), born in Cresson, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary

Person of interestSigmund Freud

May 6 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • May 13 Peter Henry Emerson, 1st to promote photography as an independent art
  • May 13 Tom O'Rourke, American boxing manager (d. 1938)
  • May 15 Lyman Frank Baum, American children's book author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), born in Chittenango, New York (d. 1919)
  • May 20 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter
  • May 25 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general during WWI, born in Mostaganem, French Algeria (d. 1942)
  • May 26 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)