What Happened in May 1835

Historical Events

  • May 5 King Leopold 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 copper mines in North Chile

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

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, composer
  • May 5 Leopold II, Belgian crown prince, baptized
  • 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)
  • May 30 Alfred Austin, Leeds England, poet laureate of England (Garden)
  • May 31 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader (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