What Happened in May 1803

Historical Events

  • May 16 Peace of Amiens between French Republic and Great Britain ends
  • May 17 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 22 1st public library opens (Connecticut)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer
  • May 8 Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova, composer
  • May 12 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist (agricultural chemics)
  • May 17 Robert Smith Surtees, novelist
  • May 24 Charles LJL Bonaparte, Corsican/French prince of Canino/Musignano
  • May 24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist (d. 1866)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson