What Happened in May 1778

Historical Events

  • May 1 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Johann Baptist Gansbacher, Austrian composer, born in Sterzing, Tyrol, Italy (d. 1844)
  • May 18 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • May 28 Friedrich Westenholz, German composer, born in Ludwigslust, Germany (d. 1840)

Famous Deaths

  • May 16 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician, dies at 59

Voltaire

May 30 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83