On This Day

May 1880 in History

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Conrad Weiss, German writer and poet (Tantum dic verbo) (d. 1940)
  • May 6 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • May 12 Lincoln Ellsworth, American polar explorer, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)
  • May 14 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • May 15 Otto Dibelius, German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
  • May 19 Allard R Hulshoff, architect of Amsterdam (1924)
  • May 21 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • May 25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • May 29 Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (Decline of West), born in Blankenburg, Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire (d. 1936)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

May 6 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot

LoveWedding of Interest

May 19 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco


Deaths in History

  • May 3 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • May 4 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • May 8 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58
  • May 20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • May 22 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • May 31 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62