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Historical Events

  • May 7 Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria
  • May 10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington, supreme commander

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • May 10 Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga NY-American Revolution
  • May 17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
  • May 20 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence from Britain

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 24 John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, composer
  • May 10 Robert Gray, Sea Captain (d. 1806)
  • May 21 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano