On This Day

What Happened in May 1833

Historical Events

  • May 2 Russian Tsar Nicolas I bans public sale of serfs
  • May 11 "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in North Atlantic; kills 215

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, born in Carlsruhe, Prussian Silesia (d. 1905)

Johannes Brahms

May 7 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances: A German Requiem), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

  • May 8 Frank Wheaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1903)
  • May 9 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish organist and composer, born in Poznań (d. 1914)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 François Andrieux, French playwright, dies at 74
  • May 14 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer, dies at 88
  • May 15 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career), dies at 46
  • May 24 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, dies of tuberculosis at 59
  • May 28 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, German-Swedish organist, composer, conductor, choirmaster, and educator (Studentsång), dies at 74
  • May 29 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer (strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), dies at 84
  • May 30 Josef Slavik, Czech composer, dies at 27