On This Day

May 1856 in History

Events in History

  • May 7 Argentina & Brazil sign a navigation pact
  • May 15 2nd San Francisco Vigilance Committee organized
  • May 19 Senator Charles Sumner of Massachesetts speaks out against slavery
  • May 21 Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces
  • May 22 Violence in the US Senate, South Carolina rep Brooks uses a cane on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Pottawatomie Massacre: John Brown and abolitionist settlers kill five pro-slavery settlers in Franklin County, Kansas

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • May 27 Doctor William Palmer (the Rugeley Poisoner) found guilty of poisoning in Stafford, England

Birthdays in History


Person of interestRobert Peary

May 6 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer who claimed to have 1st reached geographic North Pole (Apr 6 1909), born in Cresson, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary

Person of interestSigmund Freud

May 6 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • May 13 Peter Henry Emerson, 1st to promote photography as an independent art
  • May 15 Lyman Frank Baum, American children's book author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), born in Chittenango, New York (d. 1919)
  • May 20 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter
  • May 25 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general during WWI, born in Mostaganem, French Algeria (d. 1942)

Deaths in History

  • May 6 William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies
  • May 12 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (b. 1786)