On This Day

What Happened in May 1829

Historical Events

  • May 2 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia

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May 15 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • May 24 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Empire of Brazil (d. 1877)
  • May 6 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, born in Siasconset, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • May 8 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, born in New Orleans (d. 1869)
  • May 9 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, born in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1888)
  • May 12 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), born in Zakynthos (d. 1896)
  • May 30 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1897)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, dies at 47
  • May 10 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • May 16 William Congreve, English officer, dies at 56

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May 17 John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • May 18 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • May 18 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 35
  • May 29 Humphry Davy, English chemist, studied electro-chemistry, invented the Davy lamp), dies at 50