May 1866 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 American Equal Rights Association forms
  • May 2 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao
  • May 4 Woodward's Gardens opens to the public in San Francisco

Assassination Attempt

May 7 German premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

  • May 16 US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)
  • May 18 Netherlands government of Isaäc Dignus Fransen De Putte resigns
  • May 24 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • May 28 Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt/Heemskerk forms

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist, born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1938)
  • May 9 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, born in Kotluk, Dist. Ratnagiri, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1915)
  • May 10 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, born in Grodno, Belarus (d. 1924)
  • May 16 Ernest Burgess, American urban sociologist (ecological school), born in Tilbury, Ontario (d. 1966)
  • May 23 Gustav Aschaffenburg, German psychiatrist (pioneer in criminology and forensic pathology), born in Zweibrücken (d. 1944)
  • May 24 Armando Frid, Argentinian horse tamer and centenarian, (reportedly lived to 124 years), born in Vega de Maipu, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • May 26 John Eigenhuis, Dutch writer (Tough Workers), born in Aalsmeer, Netherlands (d. 1944)

Deaths in History

  • May 13 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, dies at 69
  • May 29 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • May 29 Winfield Scott, American army general (Union) and presidential candidate, dies at 79