On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1772

  • May 2 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • May 4 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 1823)
  • May 11 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer
  • May 20 William Congreve, English artillery officer and inventor who designed fire rockets, born in London (d. 1829)
  • May 22 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer who helped found Brahmo Sabha, a social-religious reform movement, born in Radhanagar, British India (d. 1833)