On This Day

What Happened in May 1788

Historical Events

  • May 9 British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

USAConstitution of the United States

May 23 South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify 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

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer/physicist
  • May 10 Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, German queen (d. 1819)
  • May 16 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)
  • May 18 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, born in Annan, Scotland (d. 1827)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • May 29 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher and engraver, dies at 61