On This Day

What Happened in May 1747

Historical Events

  • May 3 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
  • May 4 Willem IV appointed Viceroy of Overijssel
  • May 14 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • May 16 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

Leopold II

May 5 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier & diplomat, dies at 73
  • May 28 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer, dies at 31
  • May 31 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)