On This Day

Historical Events in May 1866

  • May 1 American Equal Rights Association forms
  • May 2 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao
  • May 4 Woodward's Gardens opens to the public in San Francisco

Assassination Attempt

May 7 German premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

  • May 16 US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)
  • May 18 Netherlands government of IsaƤc Dignus Fransen De Putte resigns
  • May 21 1st-class debut of cricketer Fred Grace aged 15 years 159 days at the Magdalen Ground, Oxford
  • May 24 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • May 28 Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt/Heemskerk forms
  • May 30 Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)