On This Day

What Happened in May 1724

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France (d. 1797)
  • May 10 Johan Zoutman, Dutch rear admiral who fought at the Battle of Dogger Bank and in the American Revolutionary War, born in Reeuwijk, Dutch Republic (d. 1793)
  • May 19 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • May 22 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), born in St Malo, France (d. 1772)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard, dies at 61
  • May 18 Johann K. Amman, Swiss-Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54