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Events in History


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May 1 Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • May 9 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

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May 23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller
  • May 9 James Pollard Espy, Penns, meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • May 18 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Pietro Longhi, painter, dies
  • May 8 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  • May 23 William Woollett, engraver, dies