On This Day

What Happened in May 1765

Historical Events

  • May 3 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia
  • May 7 HMS Victory launched; Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later
  • May 10 British Longitude Act awards clockmaker John Harrison £10,000 for the invention of a naval longitude clock [1]
  • May 18 Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec

Historic Event

May 29 Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"


Famous Birthdays

  • May 28 Jean Baptiste Cartier, French musician and composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician (Clairaut's theorem), dies at 52
  • May 25 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, Flemish carillonneur and composer, dies at 53