On This Day

What Happened in May 1782

Famous Birthdays

  • May 16 John Sell Cotman, English water color artist, born in Norwich, England (d. 1842)
  • May 26 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, born in Vlachovo Březí, Czech Republic (d. 1852)
  • May 28 Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1810)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (1756-1777), dies at 82
  • May 15 Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter, dies at 67
  • May 16 Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies
  • May 20 Carlo Giovanni Testori, composer, dies at 68
  • May 20 Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer, dies at 82
  • May 20 William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)