On This Day

What Happened in May 1843

Historical Events

  • May 4 Great Britain annexes Natal
  • May 18 United Free Church of Scotland forms
  • May 22 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Karl Michael Ziehrer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1922)
  • May 6 Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist (investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1918)
  • May 9 Isabella "Belle" Boyd, American actress and Confederate spy during US Civil War, born in Martinsburg, Virginia (d. 1900)
  • May 10 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, born in Fürth (d. 1926)
  • May 10 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), born in Las Palmas, Spain (d. 1920)
  • May 13 Count Paul J Smet de Naeyer, Belgian politician
  • May 20 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, born in Palma, Majorca (d. 1918)
  • May 21 Charles-Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Tramelan, Switzerland (d. 1914)
  • May 21 Louis Renault, French lawyer, born in Autun, France (d. 1918)
  • May 29 Émile Pessard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Johann Georg Lickl, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • May 12 Charlotte von Kalb, German writer, dies at 81
  • May 24 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician, dies at 78

Person of interestNoah Webster

May 28 Noah Webster, American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster