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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

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)