On This Day

What Happened in May 1773

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1845)
  • May 3 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller and naturalist, born in Castel Goffredo, Milan, Italy (d. 1846)
  • May 15 Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
  • May 19 Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)
  • May 26 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • May 29 Princess Sophia of Gloucester, great-granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and niece of King George III, born in Mayfair, Middlesex (d. 1844)
  • May 31 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1853)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mamluk leader, dies (b. 1728)
  • May 15 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer, dies at 62
  • May 24 Jan Zach, Czech violinist, organist, and composer, dies at 73