On This Day

What Happened in May 1816

Historical Events

  • May 5 American Bible Society organized in New York

Historic Publication

May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes the Gothic novel "Glenarvon", a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron which also depicts her husband William Lamb

  • May 10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • May 11 American Bible Society forms (NY)

Historic Publication

May 25 Collection of poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge published by John Murray in London, including "Kubla Khan" and "Christabel"

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1892)
  • May 14 Gualtiero Sanelli, Italian composer, born in Parma (d. 1861)
  • May 16 Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1886)
  • May 24 Emanuel Leutze, American painter (Washington Crossing the Delaware), born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Württemberg, German Confederation (d. 1868)
  • May 24 Robert Seaman Granger, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1894)

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta

Famous Deaths

  • May 28 Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord and Regent of the Ethiopian Empire
  • May 29 Madame Louverture, widow of Haiti's leader Toussaint Louverture, dies