What Happened in May 1856

  • Robert Peary is Born

    On May 6, 1856, Robert E. Peary, who claimed discovery of the North Pole, was born in Cresson, Pennsylvania. During the early years of the... Read more

  • Sigmund Freud is Born

    Freud was born on 6 May 1856, to Jewish Galician parents in the Moravian town of Příbor, Austrian Empire, now the Czech Republic. Freud was born... Read more

  • Committee of Vigilance Established in Wild West

    On May 15, 1856, residents of San Francisco organized a Committee of Vigilance to combat crime in their rapidly growing town. Like other gold rush... Read more

  • L. Frank Baum is Born

    Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York. The son of a successful entrepreneur,... Read more