On This Day

What Happened on May 6, 1859

Day of the Week: Friday

Famous Birthdays

  • Luis MarĂ­a Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1921)
  • Willem Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestAlexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies