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, Dutch botanist, publisher and writer (Mauritius Lijnslager), born in Den Hoor, Netherlands (d. 1818)
  • May 16 John Opie, English painter, born in Trevellas, Cornwall (d. 1807)

Famous Weddings

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