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Events in History in May 1849

  • May 3 The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848
  • May 15 Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
  • May 17 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis, Missouri

InventionHistoric Invention

May 22 Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln

TrainOpening of Euston Station

May 27 Opening of the Great Hall at Euston station in London

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An early print of Euston station showing the wrought iron roof of 1837. Note the open carriages.
An early print of Euston station showing the wrought iron roof of 1837. Note the open carriages.
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  • May 28 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands and Albrecht of Prussia separate
  • May 29 Lincoln says "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
  • May 31 Last edition of Orange sheet "Journal de La Haye"