On This Day

What Happened in May 1855

Historical Events

  • May 3 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
  • May 5 New York City regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 2 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1933)
  • May 7 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1924)
  • May 8 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • May 10 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 11 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • May 15 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • May 21 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • May 24 Arthur Wing Pinero, English actor and playwright, born in London (d. 1934)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • May 5 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • May 15 Jan Mazereeuw, Frisian farmer/sect leader, dies at 75
  • May 23 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (discoverer of Malden Island, central Pacific), dies at 57
  • May 27 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), dies at 64