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Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • May 10 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Jean-Louis M Alibert, French dermatologist
  • May 3 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (d. 1838)
  • May 17 Caroline, Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
  • May 17 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (d. 1854)
  • May 20 Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison, 1st lady (1809-17)

Deaths in History

  • May 16 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • May 27 Johann M Fleischmann, German/Dutch stamp/letter designer, dies