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Historical Events in May 1857

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

Battle of InterestThe Indian Mutiny

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

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Mutineers are executed by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Noire
Mutineers are executed by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Noire
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  • May 19 Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patent the electric fire alarm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott