On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1886

  • May 1 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • May 1 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • May 3 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), dies of illness at 34
  • May 5 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

Emily Dickinson

May 15 Emily Dickinson, American poet (Collected Poems), dies of nephritis at 55

John Deere

May 17 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company) dies at 82

Leopold von Ranke

May 23 Leopold von Ranke, German historian who founded the modern concept of source-based history, dies at 90