On This Day

What Happened in May 1720

Historical Events

  • May 22 Foundation stone laid for German Baroque palace the Würzburg Residence (completed 1744)
  • May 25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, 5th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1756-57), born in Hardwicke, England (d. 1764)
  • May 11 Baron Münchhausen, German adventurer, soldier and storyteller (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen), born in Hanover (d. 1797)
  • May 15 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)
  • May 21 Antonio Corbisiero, Italian composer (d. 1790)