May 1849 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848
  • May 15 Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
  • May 17 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis, Missouri

InventionHistoric Invention

May 22 Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • May 28 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands and Albrecht of Prussia separate
  • May 29 Lincoln says "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
  • May 31 Last edition of Orange sheet "Journal de La Haye"

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Jacob Riis, Danish-American social reformer and "muck raking" reporter (NY Tribune, NY Evening Sun), born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • May 3 Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany, born in Klein-Flottbeck, Germany (d. 1929)
  • May 5 Hambletonian, greatest standardbred horse, born in Chester, New York
  • May 6 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • May 22 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (26) weds secretary Marie Laurent (23) in Strasbourg, France

Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur

Deaths in History

  • May 2 David H Chasse, baron/gen (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
  • May 10 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • May 11 Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French socialite (b. 1777)
  • May 25 Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52
  • May 25 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • May 28 Anne Brontë, English novelist (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), dies at 29
  • May 31 Leonard PJ du Bus de Gisignies, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 69