On This Day

What Happened in May 1713

Historical Events

Music History

May 17 Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's first opera "Ottone in villa" opens at Teatro delle Grazie in Vicenza, Republic of Venice (now Italy)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician (Clairaut's theorem), born in Paris (d. 1765)
  • May 6 Charles Batteux, French philosopher, born in Alland'Huy-et-Sausseuil, Ardennes (d. 1780)
  • May 25 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1760-63), born in Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian (d. 1792)

Famous Deaths

  • May 20 Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635)