On This Day

May 1871 in History

Events in History

  • May 8 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
  • May 10 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war
  • May 12 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Native American fighter General William T. Sherman escapes from the Comanches in an ambulance

  • May 21 -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
  • May 28 Paris communards revolt put down

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • May 6 Christian Morgenstern, German poet (Ich und die Welt), born in Munich (d. 1914)
  • May 6 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • May 11 Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • May 17 Henk Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Modern Kunstwerken), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • May 18 Franiska [Franny] zu Reventlow, German writer and feminist, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1918)
  • May 19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping
  • May 26 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Georges Rouault, French expressionist painter (Miserere et Guerre), born in Paris (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian political reformer (Patriote movement), dies at 84
  • May 11 John Herschel, English cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
  • May 12 John F W Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies