What Happened in May 1824

Historical Events

  • May 2 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 7 Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna

  • May 10 The National Gallery in London opens to the public in its temporary home in a townhouse on Pall Mall
  • May 24 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
  • May 26 Brazil is recognized by the US

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 William Walker, filibuster/president of Nicaragua (1856-57)
  • May 9 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • May 10 Charles Henry Van Wyck, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1895)
  • May 11 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 16 Edmund Kirby Smith, Fla, General (Confederate Army), (d. 1893)
  • May 16 Levi Parsons Morton, (R) 22nd US VP (1889-93)

Person of interestAmbrose Burnside

May 23 Ambrose Burnside, American soldier, politician and industrialist (Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69), born in Liberty, Indiana (d. 1881)

Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • May 29 Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, Major General (Confederate Army)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754)
  • May 15 Alexander Campbell, composer, dies at 60
  • May 26 Capel Lofft, English writer (b. 1751)