On This Day

Historical Events in May 1816

  • May 5 American Bible Society organized in New York

Historic Publication

May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes the Gothic novel "Glenarvon", a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron which also depicts her husband William Lamb

  • May 10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • May 11 American Bible Society forms (NY)

Historic Publication

May 25 Collection of poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge published by John Murray in London, including "Kubla Khan" and "Christabel"