On This Day

Deaths in History in May 1859

  • May 2 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • May 4 Joseph Diez Gergonne, French mathematician, dies at 87
  • May 5 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • May 6 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies
  • May 10 John Archduke of Austria, dies
  • May 22 Ferdinand II [Re Bomba], Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49