May 1808 in History

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Events in History

  • May 2 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • May 3 Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The of 3rd of May" (painted 1814)
  • May 3 Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • May 3 Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.

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May 30 Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Birthdays in History

  • May 19 Samuel Jameson Gholson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • May 22 Gérard de Nerval [Gérard Labrunie], French writer, born in Paris (d. 1855)

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US preacher, dies at 49
  • May 18 Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)
  • May 28 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (b. 1720)