What Happened in May 1822

Historical Events

  • May 1 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • May 3 Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded (Lyon, France)
  • May 16 Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
  • May 24 Battle of Pichincha, BolĂ­var secures independence of Quito from Spain
  • May 30 House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Quebec politician (d. 1915)
  • May 10 August Ritter von Pettenkofen, painter
  • May 13 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (d. 1902)
  • May 16 Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • May 20 Emile Erckmann, [E-Chatrian], French writer (Waterloo)
  • May 20 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901)
  • May 21 Dabney Herndon Maury, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1900)
  • May 21 Mosby Monroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • May 26 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • May 27 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire (d. 1890)
  • May 27 Josef Joachim Raff, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Charles Duquesnoy, composer, dies at 62
  • May 15 Christian Ludwig Dieter, composer, dies at 64
  • May 17 Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French-Russian statesman (b. 1766)