On This Day

What Happened in May 1853

Historical Events

  • May 1 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • May 2 Franconi's Hippodrome opens in New York City
  • May 6 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)

InventionHistoric Invention

May 14 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk

Inventor of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • May 17 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • May 23 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)
  • May 31 Elisha Kane's Arctic expedition leaves NY aboard Advance

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • May 2 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), born in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium (d. 1928)
  • May 8 Dan Brouthers, American MLB baseball player known as the first great slugger in baseball history, born in Sylvan Lake, New York (d. 1932)
  • May 21 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (d. 1905)
  • May 26 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • May 28 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (Midwinter Sacrifice - Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • May 30 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major) (d. 1890)
  • May 30 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1918)

Famous Weddings

  • May 19 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • May 9 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, dies at 73