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 concertMusic Concert

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

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • May 21 1st Democratic National Convention (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.

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

Person of interestGeorges Cuvier

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

Naturalist and Zoologist Georges Cuvier
Naturalist and Zoologist
Georges Cuvier
  • 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