What Happened in May 1820

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • May 13 Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
  • May 4 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 12 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1910)

  • May 22 Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer
  • May 23 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)
  • May 23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • May 27 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • May 28 Willem Doorenbos, [Keerom], literary/critic
  • May 30 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Matthaus Stegmayer, composer, dies at 49
  • May 14 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43