On This Day

What Happened in May 1744

Historical Events

  • May 17 French army takes Austrian Netherlands
  • May 31 French troops conquer Kortrijk

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1826)
  • May 4 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1812)
  • May 18 Joseph Beer, Bohemian clarinetist, and composer (5th clarinet flap), born in Grünwald, Bohemia (d. 1812)
  • May 19 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1818)
  • May 31 Richard Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish inventor and educationalist, born in Bath, Somerset (d. 1817)

Famous Deaths

Alexander Pope

May 30 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56