What Happened in May 1837

Historical Events

  • May 3 The University of Athens is founded

Historic Event

May 6 US blacksmith John Deere creates the first steel plough in Grand Detour, Illinois

  • May 9 "Sherrod" burns in the Mississippi River below Natchez, Mississippi; 175 die
  • May 10 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • May 25 The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • May 31 Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier and parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), born in Robertville, South Carolina (d. 1923)
  • May 9 Adam Opel, German automobile manufacturer (Adam Opel AG), born in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Prussia (d. 1895)
  • May 10 Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)
  • May 23 James Sanks Brisbin, American educator, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • May 23 Józef Wieniawski, Polish pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1912)

Wild Bill HickokWild Bill Hickok (1837-1876)

May 27 American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois

  • May 27 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, born in Ostrogozhsk, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1887)
  • May 27 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • May 28 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, born in County Cork, Ireland (d. 1921)
  • May 28 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1908)
  • May 29 Alexander de Savornin Lohman, Dutch minister and party leader (CHU), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • May 29 Luca Fumagalli, Italian pianist and composer (Luigi XI), born in Inzago, Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, Austrian Empire (now Italy) (d. 1908)
  • May 31 Ernest Daudet, French journalist and writer (White Terror), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1921)
  • May 31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, American general and the youngest West Pointer to be Major General, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • May 31 William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Arlington House, Virginia (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), dies at 85
  • May 8 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman, dies at 66

Joseph GrimaldiJoseph Grimaldi (1778-1837)

May 31 English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", dies at 57