On This Day

What Happened in May 1832

Historical Events

  • May 7 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king
  • May 12 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan

Music Concert

May 14 Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Hebrides" premieres in London

  • May 21 1st US Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore
  • May 24 The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference
  • May 30 Evariste Galois give his theory on free assembly (dies in duel May 31)
  • May 30 The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened. Oldest continuously operated canal system in North America.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • May 7 Carl Neumann, German mathematician and physicist (Neumann-functions), born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • May 14 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (d. 1903)
  • May 16 Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)
  • May 21 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (d. 1917)
  • May 23 Pieter Jan Baptist Carel Robidé van der Aa, Dutch Indologist and geographer, born in Oosterbeek, Netherlands (d. 1887)
  • May 30 George Doherty Johnston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsborough, North Carolina (d. 1910)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Jan van Speyck, Dutch admiral, buried in New Church

Georges Cuvier

May 13 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, dies at 62

  • May 14 John van Speijk, Dutch heroic sailor, buried
  • May 15 Carl Friedrich Zelter, German composer, dies at 73
  • May 18 Bonafacio Asioli, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • May 26 François-Louis Perne, French composer, dies at 59
  • May 31 Évariste Galois, French mathematician (Group theory), dies at 20