What Happened in May 1791

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Historical Events

  • May 3 The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • May 15 Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 11 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer
  • May 15 Baron Floris A van Hall, Dutch minister of Justice/Finance
  • May 29 Pietro Romani, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Francis Hopkinson, US writer/music/lawyer, dies at 53
  • May 28 Joseph Schmitt, composer, dies at 57
  • May 30 Ildephons Haas, composer, dies at 56