On This Day

What Happened in May 1749

Historical Events

  • May 2 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • May 11 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, to reorganise the Royal Navy

Victory in battleNew Settlement

May 19 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1794)
  • May 15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)

Person of interestEdward Jenner

May 17 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, born in Berkeley (d. 1823)

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner

Famous Deaths

  • May 24 Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman