On This Day

Historical Events in May 1836

  • May 7 The settlement of Mayagüez elevates Puerto Rico to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain
  • May 15 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse

Music History

May 22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Düsseldorf, Germany

  • May 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope