On This Day

What Happened in May 1810

Historical Events


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May 3 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • May 25 The Primera Junta (local government) is established in Argentina
  • May 25 In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1874)
  • May 4 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, born in Walewice, Warsaw, Poland (d. 1868)
  • May 8 James Cooper, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1863)
  • May 9 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), born in Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium (d. 1887)
  • May 9 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and daughter of King Willem I, born in Berlin (d. 1883)
  • May 10 James Shields, Irish-American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Altmore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1879)
  • May 15 Jacob Thompson, (Confederacy), (d. 1885)
  • May 23 Margaret Fuller [Ossoli], American feminist and journalist (NY Tribune), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1850)
  • May 24 Abraham Geiger, German theologian and leader of Reform Judaism, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1874)
  • May 28 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter, etcher and lithographer (d. 1864)
  • May 29 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • May 29 Solomon Meredith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1875)
  • May 31 Horatio Seymour, American politician (18th Governor of New York), born in Onondaga, New York (d. 1886)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Rev. Dr. Henry Jerome de Salis, divine (b.1740)

Person of interestBenjamin Lincoln

May 9 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 77

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • May 21 Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont, French spy, dies at 81