On This Day

May 1853 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • May 2 Franconi's Hippodrome opens in New York City
  • May 6 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)

Historic Invention

May 14 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk

  • May 17 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • May 23 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)
  • May 31 Elisha Kane's Arctic expedition leaves NY aboard Advance

Birthdays in History

  • May 21 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (d. 1905)
  • May 28 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (Midwinter Sacrifice - Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1919)

Weddings in History

  • May 19 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Joannes P. Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67