What Happened in May 1774

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Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • May 20 Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio
  • May 20 The British pass the second of the Intolerable Acts: the Massachusetts Government Act, which gave the British-appointed governor wide-ranging powers
  • May 23 Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)
  • May 28 1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 William Bainbridge, American Commodore (d. 1833)
  • May 27 Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-L√ľneburg, dies at 59
  • May 10 Louis XV, king of France (1715-74), dies at 64