On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1839

  • May 3 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67
  • May 13 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, founded Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • May 13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal, diplomat and senator (Uncle of Napoleon), dies at 76
  • May 17 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57