On This Day

What Happened in May 1715

Historical Events

  • May 1 Prussia declares war on Sweden

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May 3 Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Richard Graves, English writer, born in Mickleton, Gloucestershire (d. 1804)
  • May 5 Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1801)
  • May 22 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesma, born in Saint-Marcel d'Ardèche, France (d. 1794)

Famous Deaths

  • May 19 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, dies at 54