On This Day

What Happened in May 1831

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, born in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1903)
  • May 13 Willem baron of Goltstein of Oldenaller, Dutch minister of Colonies

Person of interestDavid Edward Hughes

May 16 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • May 24 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1909)
  • May 28 Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • May 5 Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
  • May 13 Christian Gottfried K├Ârner, German lawyer, dies at 74
  • May 24 Benjamin Carr, composer, dies at 62
  • May 26 Georg Hermes, German philosopher and theologist (Hermenianen), dies
  • May 26 Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)
  • May 27 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • May 31 Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757)