On This Day

What Happened in May 1826

Historical Events

  • May 22 HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage to survey Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1872)
  • May 4 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • May 5 Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France (1853-71), born in Granada, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1920)
  • May 7 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
  • May 21 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro (1851-60), born in Njeguši, Montenegro (d. 1860)
  • May 22 George Parr, English cricket batsman (captain first England touring team [North America 1859], second tour [Australia & NZ 1864]), born in Radcliffe on Trent, England (d. 1891)
  • May 29 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), born in Sterling, Massachusetts (d. 1903)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Giuseppe Sigismondo, Italian historian and composer, dies at 86
  • May 24 Friedrich Fesca, German violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 37
  • May 25 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch-German composer, dies at 72