On This Day

What Happened in May 1760

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French soldier, author and composer (La Marseillaise), born in Lons-le-Saunier, France (d. 1836)
  • May 10 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian-born German religious & social reformer, dies at 59
  • May 10 Johann Christoph Graupner, composer, dies at 77
  • May 15 Alaungpaya, King of Burma (b. 1711)
  • May 22 Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)