What Happened in May 1857

Historical Events

  • May 1 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
  • May 10 Indian Mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins with the revolt of the Sepoy soldiers in Meerut
  • May 19 Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patent the electric fire alarm

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May 26 US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow 3 months after US courts ruled against them.

US Slave Dred Scott
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Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Frederic Cliffe, composer
  • May 3 George Gore, American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • May 7 William A. MacCorkle, American politician (d. 1930)
  • May 8 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, born in the Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • May 10 Hendrik Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olfactometer)
  • May 13 Ronald Ross, British pathologist (Nobel Prize 1902), born in Almora, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1932)
  • May 15 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • May 16 Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • May 19 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 31 Pius XI, [Ambrogio DA Ratti], Italian 259th Pope (1922-39)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 LC Alfred the Musset, French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies
  • May 11 E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
  • May 23 Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician and physicist, dies at 67