What Happened in May 1797

Historical Events

  • May 10 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 2 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • May 6 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
  • May 12 Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer
  • May 18 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • May 19 Maria Isabel of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1818)
  • May 30 Johann Christian Lobe, composer

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • May 25 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • May 27 Francois-Noal "Gracchus" Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36
  • May 30 Carl Ludwig Junker, composer, dies at 48