What Happened in May 1812

Historical Events

  • May 11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

MurderAssassination

May 11 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Marin R Delany, Charlestown Va, Abolitionist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 7 Robert Browning, poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England

  • May 12 Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
  • May 12 Louis Ludwig Blenker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • May 17 Joseph Warren Revere, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1880)
  • May 19 Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • May 20 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer
  • May 23 Henri A Esquiros, French poet/writer (Les Vierges Folles)
  • May 30 John Alexander McClernand, Major General (Union volunteers)

Famous Deaths


MurderAssassination

May 11 Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • May 13 Johann Matthias Sperger, composer, dies at 62
  • May 21 Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38