On This Day

Historical Events in May 1824

  • May 2 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)

Music Premiere

May 7 Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, often regarded as his greatest work, premieres in Vienna

  • May 10 The National Gallery in London opens to the public in its temporary home in a townhouse on Pall Mall

Historic Event

May 17 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”

  • May 24 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
  • May 26 Brazil is recognized by the US