May 1852 in History

Events in History

Deutsches Wörterbuch

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

  • May 1 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation
  • 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

Calamity Jane (1852-1903)

May 1 American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri

  • 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)
  • May 11 Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 1905-09) and Senator, born in Unionville Center, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • May 18 Gertrude Käsebier, American pioneering photographer, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1934)
  • 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)
  • May 31 Julius Richard Petri, German microbiologist generally credited with inventing the device known as the Petri dish, born in Barmen, Kingdom of Prussia (now part of Wuppertal, Germany) (d. 1921)

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