What Happened in May 1794

Historical Events

  • May 6 Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
  • May 17 Hard frost in southern New England
  • May 18 Second Battle of Bouvines (France-Austria)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 13 Louis-Leopold Robert, French painter (d. 1835)
  • May 17 Anna Brownell Jameson, writer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 23 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, born in Prague (d. 1870)
  • May 24 William Whewell, British philosopher (History of Inductive Science)
  • May 27 Cornelius Vanderbilt, millionaire (B & O railroad)
  • May 29 Johann Heinrich von M├Ądler, German astronomer (d. 1874)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier, composer, dies at 59
  • May 8 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen and hydrogen), guillotined at 50
  • May 10 Elisabeth PMH, princess of France, beheaded at 30