On This Day

What Happened in May 1837

Historical Events

  • May 3 The University of Athens is founded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 John Deere creates the first steel plough

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 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. 1927)
  • 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)

Person of interestWild Bill Hickok

May 27 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois (d. 1876)

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • May 27 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • May 27 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, born in Ostrogozhsk, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1887)
  • 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 composer, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1908)
  • May 31 Ernest Daudet, French journalist and writer (White Terror), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1921)
  • May 31 William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Arlington House, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • May 31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, American general and the youngest West Pointer to be Major General, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1864)

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestJoseph Grimaldi

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

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi