On This Day

What Happened in May 1722

Historical Events

  • May 3 Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • May 11 Peter Camper, Leyden Holland, anatomist/professor (Amsterdam)
  • May 21 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, born in Bayreuth (d. 1790)
  • May 22 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1772)
  • May 29 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, born in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland (d. 1773)

Famous Deaths

  • May 20 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist, dies at 52