On This Day

What Happened in May 1838

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Alfred Pease, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • May 10 James, 1st Viscount Bryce, historian/statesman

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

May 10 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, born in Bel Air, Maryland (d. 1865)

  • May 11 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • May 20 Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • May 24 Paul Laband, German lawyer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)
  • May 28 Basil W. Duke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • May 29 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1896)
  • May 31 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University), born in Skipton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1900)

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), dies at 69

Person of interestTalleyrand

May 17 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, dies at 84

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
Talleyrand
  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer and the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu, dies at 38
  • May 23 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
  • May 28 Thomas Busby, English composer, dies at 82