On This Day

May 1838 in History

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 James, 1st Viscount Bryce, historian/statesman
  • May 11 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • May 20 Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • May 24 Paul Laband, German lawyer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)
  • May 28 Basil W. Duke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • May 31 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University), born in Skipton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1900)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), dies at 69

Person of interestTalleyrand

May 17 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, dies at 84

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
Talleyrand
  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer and the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu, dies at 38
  • May 23 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, dies at 75