What Happened in May 1818

Historical Events

  • May 4 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling

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May 24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • May 28 1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet

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May 5 Karl Marx, Trier, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • May 20 William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)
  • May 25 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian
  • May 27 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons
  • May 28 Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, US Confederate gen (Hero of Sumter)
  • May 31 John Albion Andrew, Gov (Union), (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Herman W Daendels, governor-gen of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • May 7 Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh, composer, dies at 70
  • May 8 Franz Ignaz Kaa, composer, dies at 78

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May 10 Paul Revere, American patriot, dies

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • May 14 Matthew Gregory Lewis, English novelist (b. 1775)
  • May 26 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies