On This Day

Birthdays in History in May 1839

  • May 1 Hilaire de Chardonnet, French industrialist and inventor (rayon), born in Besançon, France (d. 1924)
  • May 8 Francis Warre-Cornish, English scholar and writer (d. 1916)
  • May 25 John Eliot, English meteorologist, born in Lamesley, Durham (d. 1908)
  • May 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (Roccaverdina), born in Mineo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1915)