On This Day

May 1852 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first part of their German Dictionary (fully completed 1961)

  • May 8 Second London protocol signed reaffirming Danish federation control of independent Duchies of Holstein, Lauenburg and Schleswig
  • May 18 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist (central nervous system) and neuroscientist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1906), born in Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain (d. 1934)

Person of interestCalamity Jane

May 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • May 11 Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
  • May 18 Gertrude Käsebier, American pioneering photographer, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 24 Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, Scottish politician, born in London (d. 1936)
  • May 31 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1919)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies at 55
  • May 15 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), dies at 77