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  • May 5 French Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614 at Versailles, summoned King Louis XVI

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May 7 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • May 12 Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses

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May 12 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce