On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1842

Historical Events

  • Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1909)

Famous Deaths

  • Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer and naval officer, dies at 51
1842 Highlights

About May 8, 1842

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 179 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus