On This Day

What Happened in May 1729

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCatherine the Great

May 2 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German Empress of Russia (1762-96), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • May 2 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, baptized in Drosendorf, Austria (d. 1773)
  • May 3 Florian Leopold Gassmann, Bohemian composer, born in BrĂ¼x, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • May 13 Henry William (Baron) Stiegel, early American glassmaker
  • May 23 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), born in Bosisio, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1799)
  • May 25 Jean de Neufville, Dutch-American merchant (started 4th English war), born in Amsterdam (d. 1796)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French bishop and cardinal, dies at 77
  • May 17 Samuel Clarke, English philosopher and theologian, dies at 53