On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1837

Historical Events

  • Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria

Famous Birthdays

  • Ernest Daudet, French journalist and writer (White Terror), born in NĂ®mes, France (d. 1921)
  • Stephen Dodson Ramseur, American general and the youngest West Pointer to be Major General, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Arlington House, Virginia (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJoseph Grimaldi

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

1837 Highlights

About May 31, 1837

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 183 years, 5 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini