What Happened in May 1744

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Historical Events

  • May 17 French army takes Austrian Netherlands
  • May 31 French troops conquer Kortrijk

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Freidrich Wilhelm Weis, composer
  • May 4 Marianne von Martinez, composer
  • May 18 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • May 19 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1818)
  • May 31 Richard Edgeworth, writer, Bath

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 30 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56