Historical Events in May 1851

  • May 1 Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London
  • May 3 Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
  • May 4 First major San Francisco fire destroys a quarter of the city
  • May 6 Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • May 6 Linus Yale patents Yale lock
  • May 6 New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • May 6 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • May 15 King Mongkut [Rama IV or Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua] crowned in Siam (Thailand)
  • May 18 Amsterdam-Nieuwediep telegraph connection linked

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May 29 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention, which was held in Akron, Ohio

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth