On This Day

May 1841 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • May 3 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales

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May 11 American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 James Gordon Bennett Jr., American publisher (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Sara Louisa Oberholtz, social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • May 22 Catulle Mendès, French poet, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1909)
  • May 24 Charles Napier Hemy, British painter, born in Newcastle, England (d. 1917)
  • May 29 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, born in North Carolina (d. 1971)

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Cornelis T Elout, Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
  • May 20 Joseph Blanco White, theological writert, dies
  • May 23 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher and theologist, dies at 76