May 1870 in History

Events in History

  • May 12 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
  • May 20 Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament abolishes capital punishment in The Netherlands
  • May 24 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
  • May 25 Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
  • May 31 Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)
  • May 31 E J DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1948)
  • May 4 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • May 6 John McCutcheon, cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)
  • May 19 Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
  • May 24 Benjamin Cardozo, American jurist (d. 1938)
  • May 24 Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations (d. 1950)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • May 6 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, dies at 58