On This Day

What Happened in May 1787

Historical Events

  • May 6 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • May 10 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal

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May 13 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

1st Governor of New South Wales Arthur Phillip
1st Governor of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip

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May 14 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • May 17 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds

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May 25 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • May 29 "Virginia Plan" proposed

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1858)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 William Watson, English physician and scientist, dies at 72
  • May 13 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, dies at 38
  • May 28 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67