On This Day

What Happened in May 1718

Historical Events

  • May 1 Spanish Catholic missionaries establish Mission San Antonio de Valero (now known as Alamo), the fist of several settlements in what is now San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 The city of New Orleans founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
  • May 15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

Famous Birthdays

  • May 16 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
  • May 17 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician (d. 1778)
  • May 23 William Hunter, Scottish anatomist and physician, born in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1783)
  • May 30 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, British politician, born in Fairford, Gloucestershire (d. 1793)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Mary of Modena, Queen of James II of England, dies at 59
  • May 30 Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle/general, dies at about 48
  • May 30 Bernard Nieuwentyt, physician/theologist, dies at 63