On This Day

What Happened in May 1772

Historical Events

  • May 11 Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • May 4 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 1823)
  • May 11 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer
  • May 20 William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
  • May 22 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (founded Brahmo Sabha), born in Radhanagar, British India (d. 1833)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • May 11 Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
  • May 22 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (specialized in history of Trevi, in Umbria), dies at 84