What Happened in May 1788

Historical Events

  • May 9 British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

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, Annan Scotland, African explorer

Famous Deaths

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