On This Day

What Happened in May 1835

Historical Events

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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 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, poet/hymn writer, dies