Famous Deaths in May 1799

  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • May 4 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam (b. 1750)
  • May 9 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
  • May 18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, dramatist, dies
  • May 26 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • May 31 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)