On This Day

May 1858 in History

Events in History

  • May 4 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz

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May 8 John Brown holds antislavery convention

Abolitionist John Brown
John Brown
  • May 11 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • May 22 Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms
  • May 30 Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked

Birthdays in History

  • May 8 John Meade Falkner, English novelist (Moonfleet), born in Manningford, England (d. 1932)
  • May 11 Carl Hauptmann, German writer, born in Obersalzbrunn (d. 1921)
  • May 19 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • May 21 José Batlle y Ordóñez, President of Uruguay (1899, 1903-7, 1911-15), born in Montevideo, Urguay (d. 1929)
  • May 24 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • May 28 Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (blowtorch), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1939)

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, dies at 84 (date disputed)