Events on May 5

  • 05532nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens
  • 1382Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
  • 1430Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
  • 1494On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
  • 1640English Short Parliament unites
  • 1646King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
  • 1665Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
  • 1764Smolny-institution forms in St. Petersburg for noble girls
  • 17802nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
  • 1789French States-General for It first since 1614 together
  • 1809Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
  • 1809Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
  • 1814British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, New York
  • 1816American Bible Society organized (NY)
  • 1835King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
  • 1842City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
  • 1847American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • 1854English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
  • 1855New York City regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
  • 1861Alexandria, VA - CS troops abandon city
  • 1862French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • 1862Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1863Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi
  • 1863Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
  • 1864Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • 1864Battle between Confederate and Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
  • 1864Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
  • 1864Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga to Atlanta
  • 18651st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
  • 1874Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law

Born on May 5

  • 1352Ruprecht: Roman Catholic German King
  • 1557Emmanuel-Philibert van Lalaing: Baron of Montigny / Marquis of Renty
  • 1657Jacques Danican Philidor: Composer
  • 1680Giuseppe Porsile: Composer
  • 1715Daniel Dal Barba: Composer
  • 1749Jean-Frederic Edelmann: Composer
  • 1800Louis Hachette: French publisher (Librairie Hachette)
  • 1804Jacob Kats: Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise)
  • 1817George Washington Julian: MC (Union), died in 1899
  • 1819Stanislaw Moniuszko: Polish composer
  • 1823James Allen Hardie: Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1876
  • 1832H H Bancroft: Historian, publisher (History of Pacific States)
  • 1833Ferdinand von Richthofen: German geographer / explorer
  • 1842Johann Nepomuk Fuchs: Composer
  • 1846Federico Chueca: Composer
  • 1846Henryk Sienkiewicz: Poland -- Author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905)
  • 1848Adalbert von Goldschmidt: Composer
  • 1849Hambletonian: Chester, New York -- Greatest standardbred horse
  • 1854Antonio Smareglia: Composer
  • 1862Max Elskamp: Belgian author / poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya)
  • 1863Frederik A Stoett: Linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
  • 1865Felicjan Szopski: Composer
  • 1867Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman]: Journalist
  • 1867Thomas Tertius Noble: Composer
  • 1871Alberto Cametti: Composer
  • 1879Symon Petlyura: Leader Ukraine (pogroms)
  • 1883Leopold Samuel: Composer
  • 1883Petar Konjovic: Composer
  • 1884Wang Tjing-Wei: Premier China (1932-35)
  • 1885Henri Velge: 1st Chairman (Belgian Council of State)

Died on May 5

  • 0311Gaius VM Galerius: Emperor of Rome, dies at about 50
  • 1194Kazimierz II [the Justified]: Grand Duke of Poland (1177-94)
  • 1309Charles II [the Lame]: King of Naples (1285-1309)
  • 1504Anton of Burgundy [the Great Bastard]: Knight, dies at about 82
  • 1525Frederik III [the Wise]: Ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
  • 1582Charlotte de Bourbon: Princess of Orange
  • 1613Johann Steuerlein: Composer, dies at 66
  • 1678Anna M van Schurman: Dutch Poet / spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • 1702Jacob Hintze: Composer, dies at 79
  • 1705Leopold I von Hapsburg: Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, dies at 64
  • 1786Pedro III: King of Portugal
  • 1801Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt: Flemish Painter / engraver, dies at 74
  • 1821Napoleon I Bonaparte: Emperor France (1799-1815), dies in St Helena
  • 1827Frederik Augustus I: Justified, King of Saxon (1806-27), dies at 76
  • 1831Friedrich Ludwig Seidel: Composer, dies at 65
  • 1837Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli: Italian Composer / bandmaster, dies at 85
  • 1840Gottlob Benedikt Bierey: Composer, dies at 67
  • 1840Matthaus Fischer: Composer, dies at 76
  • 1859Peter G L Dirichlet: German mathematician, dies at 53
  • 1864Alexander Hays: US Union General Major, dies in battle at 44
  • 1864John Marshall Jones: Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at 43
  • 1864Leroy A Stafford: US Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at 42
  • 1875Jan A C A van Nispen tot Sevenaer: Dutch MP (1848-75), dies at 71
  • 1885Lauro Rossi: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1886Joseph Albert: German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61
  • 1892Jan Nepomuk Skroup: Composer, dies at 80
  • 1902Bret Harte: Writer, dies at 65
  • 1909Pauline Staegeman: German feminist
  • 1921Alfred H Fried: Austrian / German pacifist (Nobel 1911)
  • 1927Charles Boissevain: Editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908)

Historical events on May 6

  • 1312Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
  • 1476Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg and Duke Charles the Stout arrange marriage of their children
  • 1527Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
  • 1529Battle at Gogra: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals
  • 1536King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church
  • 1598Archduke Albrecht and Isabella become Monarch of Southern Netherlands
  • 1626Dutch colonist Paul Minuit buys Manhattan for $24 in trinkets
  • 1642Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1644Johan Mauritius resigns as Governor of Brazil
  • 1672Brandenburgs monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • 17331st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1753French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • 1757Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats Emperor army
  • 17871st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1804Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)
  • 1833John Deere makes 1st steel plow
  • 18351st edition of New York Herald (price 1 cent)
  • 18401st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
  • 1844Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote
  • 1848Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • 1851Linus Yale patents Yale-lock
  • 1851New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1851San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 18531st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
  • 1860San Francisco Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
  • 1861Arkansas and Tennessee becomes 9th and 10th state to secede from US
  • 1861Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy
  • 1864Battle of Wilderness - General Longstreet seriously injured
  • 1864General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta, Georgia

Born on May 6

  • 0973Henry II: Roman Catholic German King / Emperor (1002 / 14-24)
  • 1501Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini]: Italy -- Humanist / Pope (1555, 22 days)
  • 1581Frans Francken [the Younger]: Painter
  • 1606Lorenzo Lippi [Perlone Zipoli]: Poet / painter
  • 1758Maximilien Robespierre: Arras, France -- French revolutionary / avocat (1781)
  • 1759Francois GJS Andrieux: French writer / politician
  • 1769Ferdinand III: Archduke of Austria / ruler of Toscane
  • 1785Arvir A Afzelius: Swedish story teller
  • 1790Vaclav Vilem Wurfel: Composer
  • 1800Ferdinand Marcucci: Composer
  • 1801George Sears Greene: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1899
  • 1802Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer: Artist
  • 1806Chapin Aaron Harris: United States -- Founder of the America Society of Dental Surgeons
  • 1809William Walker: Composer
  • 1812Marin R Delany: Charles Town, West Virginia -- 1st black major in US Medical Corp
  • 1813Joseph Tarr Copeland: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1893
  • 1814Wilhelm Ernst: Violinist / composer
  • 1825Joseph Bailey: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
  • 1829Phoebe Ann Coffin: 1st female ordained Minister in New England
  • 1830Guido Gezelle: Flemish priest / poet
  • 1838Alfred Humphreys Pease: Composer
  • 1843Grove Karl Gilbert: Geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah
  • 1849Wyatt Eaton: Artist
  • 1858Georges Adolphe Hue: Composer
  • 1859Willem J T Kloos: Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)
  • 1861Radindranath Tagore: Hindu poet / mystic / composer (Nobel 1913)
  • 1868Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont: Poland -- Novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924)
  • 1869Joseph Cuvelier: Belgian historian / archivist
  • 1870Amedos Peter Giannine: San Jose, California -- Founded Bank of America
  • 1870John McClutcheon: Cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)

Died on May 6

  • 0523Thrasamunde: King of Vandalen
  • 0988Dirk II: West Frisian Count of Holland
  • 1124Balak: Emir of Aleppo, murdered
  • 1475Dieric Bouts: Dutch painter, dies at about 64
  • 1527Karel van Bourbon: Military Governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
  • 1540Jean Luis Vives: Spanish theory / humanist / reformer, dies at 48
  • 1638Cornelius Jansen: Theologian (Jansenism)
  • 1642Frans Francken [the Younger]: Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • 1666Paul Siefert: Composer, dies at 79
  • 1667Johann Jacob Froberger: German singer / Organist / composer, dies at 50
  • 1678Joseph de La Barre: Composer, dies at 44
  • 1727Catharina I: Latvia tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
  • 1739Bernardus Smijtegelt: Vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
  • 1794Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier: Composer, dies at 59
  • 1814George Joseph Vogler: Composer, dies at 64
  • 1836Christian Ignatius Latrobe: Composer, dies at 78
  • 1841John Thomson: Composer, dies at 35
  • 1852Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1859Friedrich Heinrich Alexander: Explorer / scientist
  • 1862Henry David Thoreau: US writer / pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44
  • 1864Henry Livermore Abbott: US Union Brigadier General, dies in battle
  • 1864Micah Jenkins: Confederate Brigadier General (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • 1882Frederick Cavendish: Assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1882Thomas Henry Burke: Assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1890Hubert Leonard: Composer, dies at 71
  • 1892Ernest Guiraud: Composer, dies at 54
  • 1904Franz von Lenbach: German painter, dies at 67
  • 1910Edward VII: King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
  • 1916Dirk Bos: Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • 1916Earl Ross Drake: Composer, dies at 50