What Happened in May 1813

Historical Events

  • May 11 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.

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May 23 South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")

Military and Political Leader Simon Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simon Bolívar
  • May 27 Americans capture Ft George, Canada
  • May 31 In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
  • May 6 Joseph Tarr Copeland, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • May 10 Montgomery Blair, Franklin County Ky, lawyer (Dred Scot V Sandford)
  • May 12 Johann Czerski, German chaplin
  • May 15 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, born in Pest (d.1888)

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May 22 Richard Wagner, German composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • May 23 Mason Brayman, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • May 23 Geraud Duroc, French general (b. 1772)