May 1869 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • May 4 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.

The Golden Spike

May 10 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific

  • May 18 Robert Tanner Freeman is 1st African American to graduate from Harvard Dental School
  • May 18 Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan
  • May 26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1947)
  • May 13 Bob Dalton, American outlaw of the Old West (leader of the Dalton Gang), born in Cass County, Missouri (d. 1892)
  • May 18 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria and WWI Commander of the 6th army, last heir to the Bavarian throne, born in Munich (d. 1955)
  • May 19 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist who originated the cohesion-tension theory of water and mineral movement in plants, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 19 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State

Deaths in History

  • May 29 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73