On This Day

What Happened in May 1828

Historical Events


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May 19 U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • May 26 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, born in Fleurie, France (d. 1915)
  • May 8 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • May 8 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese Maronite monk, born in Bekaa Kafra, North Governorate, Lebanon (d. 1898)
  • May 12 Gabriel Dante Rossetti, English Pre-Raphaelite figure poet and painter, born in London, England (d. 1882)
  • May 13 Josephine Elizabeth Butler, social reformer
  • May 19 Adin Ballou Underwood, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Worcester County Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • May 20 James William Reilly, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • May 22 Bartel Wilton, Dutch ship builder, born in Rotterdam (d. 1898)
  • May 23 Edward Hitchcock Jr., 1st American physical educator (Amherst College), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • May 28 Alpheus Baker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in South Carolina (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths

  • May 28 Daikokuya Kōdayū, Japanese castaway (b. 1751)