On This Day

Historical Events in May 1844

Presidential Convention

May 1 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

  • May 6 Johan Thorbecke argues general right to vote
  • May 23 Declaration of Bab (Baha'i festival) ('Azamat 7, 1)

Historic Communication

May 24 Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" in the world's first telegraph message

  • May 25 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot