What Happened in May 1801

Historical Events

  • May 10 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 George Sears Greene, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • May 9 Samuel Cousins, mezzotint engraver
  • May 11 Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875)
  • May 16 William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State, bought Alaska at 2 ยข/acre (d. 1872)
  • May 31 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 74
  • May 12 Nicholas Repnin, Russian statesman (b. 1734)
  • May 14 Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
  • May 15 Louis C count Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian diplomat, dies at 73
  • May 17 William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)
  • May 19 Herman H Vitringa, politician (National Meetings), dies
  • May 22 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58