On This Day

What Happened in May 1774

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • May 20 The British pass the second of the Intolerable Acts: the Massachusetts Government Act, giving British-appointed governor wide-ranging powers
  • May 23 Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1833)
  • May 27 Francis Beaufort, Irish admiral and hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale), born in Navan, County Meath, Ireland (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-L√ľneburg, dies at 59
  • May 10 Louis XV, king of France (1715-74), dies at 64