On This Day

May 1839 in History

Events in History

  • May 4 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • May 13 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, found Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • May 13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • May 17 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57