On This Day

What Happened in May 1848

Historical Events

  • May 1 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • May 6 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • May 7 Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia
  • May 13 First performance of Finland's national anthem
  • May 17 Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck resigns as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Netherlands
  • May 18 Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 29 Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte
  • May 29 Wisconsin becomes 30th US state
  • May 30 Second Battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
  • May 30 William G Young patents ice cream freezer
  • May 30 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between US and Mexico comes into force, giving New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado to the US in return for $15 million

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • May 12 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, born in Großaitingen, Swabia, Germany (d. 1907)
  • May 15 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • May 23 Helmuth J L von Moltke, German general/chief of staff (WWI)
  • May 23 Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 Tom Cribb, English boxer, dies at 66
  • May 18 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, dies at 37
  • May 25 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • May 27 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom, 5th daughter of King George III, dies at 70
  • May 31 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)