On This Day

May 1850 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • May 11 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
  • May 27 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1942)
  • May 12 Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman, born in Beverly, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • May 18 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • May 21 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • May 24 Ernest Albert Waterlow, English water-color painter, born in London (d. 1919)
  • May 27 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish-Canadian serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

May 1 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

Deaths in History

  • May 9 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist & chemist, dies at 71
  • May 24 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74