On This Day

May 1829 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • May 24 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Empire of Brazil (d. 1877)
  • May 6 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, born in Siasconset, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • May 30 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1897)

Deaths in History

  • May 10 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • May 16 William Congreve, English artillery officer and inventor who designed fire rockets, dies at 56

Person of interestJohn Jay

May 17 John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • May 18 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 35
  • May 29 Humphry Davy, English chemist, studied electro-chemistry, invented the Davy lamp), dies at 50