What Happened in May 1753

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • May 6 French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • May 9 King Louis XV disbands French parliament
  • May 29 Joseph Haydn's "Krumme Teufel" premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of Mexican independence

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 8 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • May 13 Lazare Carnot, French general, politician, and mathematician (d. 1823)
  • May 23 Giovanni Battista Viotti, violonist/composer
  • May 24 Oliver Cromwell, decorated African American soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence, born in Burlington, New Jersey
  • May 31 Pierre V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader

Famous Deaths

  • May 26 Willem Maurits, earl of Nassau/gov of Zeeuws-Flanders, dies