On This Day

What Happened in May 1835

Historical Events

  • May 5 King Leopold I of Belgium opens Brussels-Mechelen railway

Historic Publication

May 6 James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

Historic Publication

May 8 1st installment of Hans Christian Andersen "Fairy Tales" published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark

Historic Event

May 12 Charles Darwin visits the Panuncillo Copper Mine in North Chile

  • May 13 1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms
  • May 20 Otto is named the first modern king of Greece

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffié, French-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Paris, France (d. 1880)
  • May 4 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1907)
  • May 11 Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
  • May 21 Newton Martin Curtis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in De Peyster, New York (d. 1910)
  • May 21 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)
  • May 26 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and military engineer, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • May 30 Alfred Austin, English poet laureate of England (Garden), born in Headingley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1913)
  • May 31 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader, born in Hino, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1869)

Famous Deaths

  • May 13 John Nash, British town planner/architect (Regent's Park), dies
  • May 16 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, English-Welsh poet ("The boy stood on the burning deck", "The stately homes of England"), dies of dropsy at 41