May 1816 in history

May 1816 events chronologically

May 2 Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales
May 22 A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1816

May 2 Augustus Egg a Victorian artist best known for his modern triptych Past and Present , which depicts the breakup of a middle-class Victorian family.
May 9 Leonilla Bariatinskaya a Russian aristocrat who married Ludwig, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. Known for her great beauty and intellect, Princess Leonilla was the subject of a number of portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
May 15 Jean-Joseph Farre a French general and statesman.
May 21 Stephen Allen Benson served as the 2nd President of Liberia from 1856 to 1864. Prior to that, he served as the 3rd Vice President of Liberia from 1854 to 1856 under President Joseph Jenkins Roberts
May 24 Emanuel Leutze a German American history painter best known for his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting
May 25 Henry Hopkins Sibley a brigadier general from Louisiana during the American Civil War, leading the Confederate States Army in the New Mexico Territory. His attempt to gain control of trails to California was defeated at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. A West Point graduate, he had served with the United States Army from 1838 until 1861 and the start of the Civil War, when he resigned to join the Southern Cause
May 29 Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski a Croatian historian, politician and writer. Most famous for the first speech delivered in Croatian before the Parliament, this patriot and cultural figure did some pioneering work in Croatian historiography and bibliography. He was an avid collector of valuable historical documents

Died in May 1816

May 3 James McHenry an Irish-born American statesman. McHenry was a signer of the United States Constitution from Maryland and the namesake of Fort McHenry. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland, and the third United States Secretary of War , under the first and second presidents, George Washington, and John Adams
May 4 Samuel Dexter an early American statesman who served both in Congress and in the Presidential Cabinet.
May 4 Marie-Madeleine Guimard a French ballerina who dominated the Parisian stage during the reign of Louis XVI. For twenty-five years she was the star of the Paris Opera. She made herself even more famous by her love affairs, especially by her long liaison with the Prince of Soubise. According to Edmond de Goncourt, when d'Alembert was asked why dancers like La Guimard made such prodigious fortunes, when singers did not, he responded, "It is a necessary consequence of the laws of motion"
May 5 Johann Kollowrat Feldmarschall Johann Karl, Graf von Kollowrat-Krakowsky joined the Austrian army, fought against the Kingdom of Prussia and Ottoman Turkey before being promoted to general officer rank. During combat against the French in the French Revolutionary Wars, he first became known as an artillery specialist. In the Napoleonic Wars, he commanded corps in the 1805 and 1809 campaigns. He became the Proprietor of an Austrian infantry regiment in 1801 and held that position until his death
May 25 Anne Françoise Elisabeth Lange a French actress of the Comédie-Française and a 'Merveilleuse' of the French Directory. Her stage name was Mademoiselle Lange
May 28 Nikolay Saltykov a Russian Field Marshal and imperial courtier.
May 28 Wolde Selassie a Ras of Ethiopia and warlord of Tigray. He was the son of Dejazmach Kefla Iyasus, governor of Enderta province, and his wives included Mentewab , the sister of Emperor Egwale Seyon; and Sahin, the daughter of Emperor Tekle Giyorgis His brothers included Dejazmach Bilaten-Geta Mennase and Dejazmach Debbab, the great grand father of Emperor Yohannes IV