On This Day

May 1831 in History

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, born in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1903)
  • May 13 Willem baron of Goltstein of Oldenaller, Dutch minister of Colonies

Person of interestDavid Edward Hughes

May 16 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • May 28 Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • May 13 Christian Gottfried Körner, German lawyer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Georg Hermes, German philosopher and theologist (Hermenianen), dies
  • May 26 Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)
  • May 27 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • May 31 Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757)