On This Day

Historical Events in May 1858

  • May 4 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz

Conference meetingConference of Interest

May 8 John Brown holds antislavery convention

Abolitionist John Brown
John Brown
  • May 11 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • May 15 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London
  • May 22 ConfederaciĆ³n Granadina (now Colombia) forms

Music releaseTheater Premiere

May 28 Dion Boucicault's "Foul Play" premieres in London

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault
  • May 30 Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked