On This Day

May 1867 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Howard University chartered
  • May 1 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
  • May 3 The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
  • May 7 Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans

Nobel Patents Dynamite

May 7 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite in England, the first of three patents he would receive for the explosive material

  • May 11 Treaty of London drawn, granting Luxembourg full independence and neutrality

Historic Event

May 20 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on women's suffrage

Historic Event

May 20 Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences foundation laid by Queen Victoria in London

Historic Event

May 23 Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)


Birthdays in History

  • May 13 Frank Brangwyn, Welsh painter, muralist and cartoonist (Official War Artist First World War), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • May 14 Kurt Eisner, German premier of revolutionary Bavaria (1918-19)
  • May 17 Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician and philosopher, born in Wormerveer, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • May 26 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1953)
  • May 27 Arnold Bennett, English novelist (Anna of the Five Towns), born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1931)
  • May 30 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1962)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Friedrich William Eduard Gerhard, German archaeologist (b. 1795)
  • May 23 Archibald Alison, Scottish historian, dies at 74