What Happened in May 1763

Historical Events

Meeting of Interest

May 16 Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, born in Steingaden, Germany (d. 1819)
  • May 7 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1813)
  • May 8 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot and statesman
  • May 11 János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • May 16 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • May 21 Joseph Fouché, French statesman (d. 1820)

Famous Weddings

Roger Sherman

May 12 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)

Marquis de Sade

May 17 Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris


Famous Deaths

  • May 3 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)