On This Day

What Happened in May 1738

Historical Events

  • May 9 Britain sends fleet to the Mediterranean Sea & West Indies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • May 25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • May 27 Turkish troops occupy Orsova and Ochakov in eastern Europe

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestKamehameha I

May 1 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), born in Kohala, Hawaii (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • May 4 Josef Kohaut, Czech composer, born in ┼Żatec, Czech Republic (d. 1777)
  • May 8 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, born in Russian Empire (d. 1809)
  • May 9 John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), baptized in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1819)
  • May 27 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 1817)
  • May 27 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (6th President of the Confederation Congress), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1796)
  • May 28 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, born in Saintes, France (d.1814)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)