On This Day

What Happened in May 1764

Historical Events

  • May 5 Smolny Institute forms in St Petersburg for noble girls

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, American architect (completed U.S. Capitol), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1820)
  • May 1 Gottfried Rieger, Czech composer, born in Opavice, Silesia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1855)
  • May 3 √Člisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, born in Versailles, France (d. 1794)
  • May 4 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, born in London, England (d. 1846)
  • May 5 Robert Craufurd, British general, born in Newark Castle, Ayrshire (d. 1812)
  • May 15 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer
  • May 20 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/lithographer
  • May 28 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman, born in Columbia County, New York (d. 1836)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Francesco Algarotti, Italian art collector and encyclopedist (Viaggio in Russia), dies at 53
  • May 10 Picander [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies