May 1840 in history

May 1840 events chronologically

May 1 The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom
May 6 The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
May 7 The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history
May 20 York Minster is badly damaged by fire
May 22 The transportation of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1840

May 7 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of these are among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States. One of these appearances was at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1891. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884 by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension in the late 1880s
May 13 Alphonse Daudet a French novelist. He was the father of writers Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet
May 15 George Ernest Shelley an English geologist and ornithologist. He was a nephew of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley
May 24 Princess Margaretha of Saxony the eighth child and fifth eldest daughter of John of Saxony and his wife Amalie Auguste of Bavaria and a younger sister of Albert of Saxony and George of Saxony. She was born in Dresden, then in the Kingdom of Saxony. Through her marriage to Archduke Charles Louis of Austria, Margaretha was a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and an Archduchess and Princess of Austria and Princess of Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, and Tuscany
May 27 Lars Fredrik Nilson a Swedish chemist who discovered scandium in 1879.
May 28 Hans Makart a 19th-century Austrian academic history painter, designer, and decorator; most well known for his influence on Gustav Klimt and other Austrian artists, but in his own era considered an important artist himself and a celebrity figure in the high culture of Vienna, attended with almost cult-like adulation.
May 30 Anton Hubert Fischer a Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne and Cardinal.

Top 7 most famous people died in May 1840

May 1 Pierre Jean François Turpin a French botanist and illustrator. He is considered one of the greatest floral and botanical illustrators during the Napoleonic Era and afterwards. As an artist, Turpin was largely self-taught
May 4 Carl Ludvig Engel a German architect known for his Empire style, a phase of Neoclassicism. He had a great impact on the architecture of Finland in the first part of the 19th century
May 6 Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin an emigre Russian aristocrat and Roman Catholic priest known as The Apostle of the Alleghenies. Since 2005, he has been under consideration for possible canonization by the Catholic Church. His current title is Servant of God
May 7 Caspar David Friedrich a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs "the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension"
May 13 Leonard Gyllenhaal a Swedish military officer and entomologist.
May 26 Sidney Smith (Royal Navy officer) a British naval officer. Serving in the American and French revolutionary wars, he later rose to the rank of admiral. Napoleon Bonaparte, reminiscing later in his life, said of him: "That man made me miss my destiny"
May 27 Niccolò Paganini an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His Caprice 24 in A minor, 1, is among the best known of his compositions, and has served as an inspiration for many prominent composers