On This Day

What Happened in May 1781

Historical Events

  • May 26 Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1832)
  • May 14 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian and parliamentarian
  • May 24 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • May 25 Ferdinand Karl Joseph, Archduke of Austria-Este, born in Milan (d. 1850)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • May 18 Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian-Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler Túpac Amaru, dies at 43
  • May 22 Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, dies at 45
  • May 27 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist, dies at 64