What Happened in May 1799

Historical Events

  • May 4 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.

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May 22 Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • May 11 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • May 20 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (d. 1850)
  • May 21 Mary Anning, Lyme Regis, Dorset, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset)
  • May 23 Thomas Hood, English poet/composer (Song of the Shirt)
  • May 27 Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elle Halevy, [Elie Levy], composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • May 4 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam (b. 1750)
  • May 9 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
  • May 18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, dramatist, dies
  • May 26 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • May 31 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)