On This Day

What Happened in May 1774

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 10 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France

  • 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