On This Day

Historical Events in May 1857

  • May 1 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy

The Indian Mutiny

May 10 Indian Mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins with the revolt of the Sepoy soldiers in Meerut

  • May 14 Mindon is crowned as King of Burma at Mandalay Palace, Burma
  • May 19 Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patent the electric fire alarm

The Case of Dred Scott in the United States Supreme Court

May 26 US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow, only 3 months after US courts ruled against them in Dred Scott v. Sandford