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

New Settlement

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


Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1794) [1]
  • May 15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)

Edward Jenner

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


Famous Deaths

  • May 24 Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman