What Happened in May 1858

Historical Events

  • May 4 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz

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May 8 John Brown holds antislavery convention

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  • May 10 Abolitionist John Brown meets Harriet Truman at a Constitutional Convention convened in Chatham, Ontario
  • May 11 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • May 15 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London
  • May 22 Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms
  • May 28 Dion Boucicault's "Foul Play" premieres in London
  • May 30 Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • May 6 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer
  • May 8 John Meade Falkner, novelist (Moonfleet)
  • May 10 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • May 11 Carl Hauptmann, writer
  • May 16 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • May 16 Hanus Trnecek, composer
  • May 19 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • May 21 Jose Battle Ordonez, Uruguay, politician
  • May 24 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • May 28 Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (d. 1939)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, dies at 84 (date disputed)