On This Day

What Happened in May 1779

Historical Events

  • May 13 War of Bavarian Succession ends

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • May 25 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), born in Heusden, Dutch Republic (d. 1845)
  • May 28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  • May 11 John Hart, American farmer, politician, delegate from New Jersey to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at about 68