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Birthdays in History in May 1857

  • May 7 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1930)
  • May 10 Hendrik Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olfactometer)
  • May 13 Ronald Ross, British pathologist (Nobel Prize 1902), born in Almora, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1932)
  • May 15 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • May 19 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestPius XI

May 31 Pius XI [Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti], Italian 259th Pope (1922-39), born in Desio, Lombardy-Venetia, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI