On This Day

What Happened in May 1777

Historical Events

  • May 1 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • May 12 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette)
  • May 13 University library at Vienna opens

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • May 28 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Flemish composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1858)

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras, dies at 58
  • May 16 Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds