On This Day

What Happened in May 1761

Historical Events

  • May 22 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1819)
  • May 13 Adrian Loosjes Pzn, publisher/writer (Mauritius Lijnslager)
  • May 16 John Opie, English painter, born in Trevellas, Cornwall (d. 1807)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

May 5 Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow


Famous Deaths

  • May 14 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rule of Simpson), dies at 50
  • May 15 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), dies at 56