On This Day

What Happened in May 1770

Historical Events

  • May 26 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Louis Nicholas Davout, French fieldmarshal (defeated Prussians)
  • May 19 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer
  • May 22 Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, 7th child and 3rd daughter of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1840)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

May 16 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, dies at 51
  • May 10 Charles Avison, English composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), dies at 69
  • May 30 Fran├žois Boucher, French painter (b. 1703)