On This Day

What Happened in May 1775

Historical Events

  • May 7 Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria
  • May 10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 10 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington Supreme Commander

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • May 10 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • May 17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada
  • May 20 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Great Britain

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 24 John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • May 10 Robert Gray, Sea Captain (d. 1806)
  • May 21 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 23