What Happened in May 1785

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Historical Events

  • May 9 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

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May 23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller
  • May 9 James Pollard Espy, Penns, meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • May 18 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Pietro Longhi, painter, dies
  • May 8 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  • May 9 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44
  • May 10 Etienne Joseph Floquet, composer, dies at 36
  • May 15 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • May 23 William Woollett, engraver, dies