What Happened in May 1778

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Historical Events

  • May 1 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Johann Gansbacher, composer
  • May 18 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • May 28 Friedrich Westenholz, composer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', dies at 69

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • May 16 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)

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May 30 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire