What Happened in May 1742

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

May 17 Battle of Chotusitz: Prussia led by Frederick the Great defeats Austria

  • May 28 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz [Jan KÅ™titel Krumpholtz], Czech-French harpist and composer, born in Budenice, Zlonice, Czech Republic (d. 1790)
  • May 13 Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • May 18 Lionel Lukin, British life boat pioneer, born in Great Dunmow, Essex (d. 1834)

Famous Deaths

  • May 13 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • May 14 Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
  • May 21 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  • May 26 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, dies at 69