On This Day

What Happened in May 1748

Historical Events

  • May 7 French troops conquer Maastricht in the War of the Austrian Succession

Famous Birthdays

Olympe de Gouges

May 7 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)

  • May 16 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Thomas Lowndes, English astronomer, founder of the Lowndean professorship of astronomy at Cambridge University (b. 1692)