On This Day

What Happened in May 1823

Historical Events

  • May 8 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • May 10 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 James Allen Hardie, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • May 10 John Sherman, MC (Union), (d. 1900)
  • May 11 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1906)
  • May 17 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • May 22 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), born in Oxford, New York (d. 1889)
  • May 22 Isabella Glyn Dallas, British Shakespearean actress, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1889)
  • May 27 John Gray Foster, American Major General (Union Army), born in Whitefield, New Hampshire (d. 1874)
  • May 29 John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (a practical folding wooden stepladder), born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)

Famous Deaths

  • May 15 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer, dies at 69