What Happened in May 1742

Historical Events


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May 17 Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • May 28 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz, composer
  • May 8 Johann Baptist Krumpholtz, composer
  • May 13 Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • May 18 Lionel Lukin, British life boat pioneer, born in Great Dunmow, Essex (d. 1834)

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70
  • May 13 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • May 14 Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
  • May 21 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  • May 26 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, dies at 69