What Happened in May 1755

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 24 Smuggler Louis Mandrin considered the French Robin Hood is sentenced to be broken on the wheel, a medieval form of torture and execution that breaks the bones of the subject

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Robert Gray, American sea captain and explorer who pioneered the maritime fur trade along the northern Pacific coast of North America, born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, British America (d. 1806)
  • May 19 Gabriele Prota, composer
  • May 21 Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)

Famous Deaths

Louis Mandrin

May 26 Louis Mandrin, French smuggler considered the French Robin Hood, tortured and executed at 30 in front of 6,000 onlookers by being broken on the wheel for 8 minutes and then strangled