What Happened in May 1838

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer
  • May 10 James, 1st Viscount Bryce, historian/statesman

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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
  • May 28 Basil Wilson Duke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)
  • May 31 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University)

Famous Deaths

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

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
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  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799)
  • May 23 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
  • May 28 Thomas Busby, composer, dies