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)

Historic Invention

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

  • 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 Baseball HOF first baseman (first great MLB slugger; 4×NL batting champion; Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Grooms), 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