What Happened in May 1839

Historical Events

  • May 4 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Hilaire de Chardonnet, French industrialist and inventor (rayon), born in Besançon, France (d. 1924)
  • May 8 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist ("O! Canada"), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • May 8 Francis Warre-Cornish, English scholar and writer (d. 1916)
  • May 19 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)
  • May 25 John Eliot, English meteorologist, born in Lamesley, Durham (d. 1908)
  • May 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (Roccaverdina), born in Mineo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1915)
  • May 29 Nat Thomson, Australian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket, HS 41; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1896)
  • May 29 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1899)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67
  • May 13 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, founded Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • May 13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal, diplomat and senator (Uncle of Napoleon), dies at 76
  • May 17 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57