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
  • May 16 Button Gwinnett, Georgia delegate to US Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wounded in a duel with political rival Lachlan McIntosh

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 19 Button Gwinnett, British-born American politician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence,dies from wounds incurred in a duel with rival Lachlan McIntosh at 42