On This Day

What Happened in May 1792

Historical Events


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May 5 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre commissioned to measure the meridian between Dunkerque to Rodez to calculate accurate length of the metre

Mathematician and Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician and Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • May 7 Captain Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • May 8 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • May 8 US establishes the military draft
  • May 11 Columbia River discovered & named by US Captain Robert Gray
  • May 16 Denmark abolishes slave trade
  • May 17 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
  • May 19 Russian army enters Poland
  • May 21 Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption

Famous Birthdays

  • May 13 Pius IX "Pio Nono" [Giovanni-Maria Mastai-Ferretti], Pope (1846-78)
  • May 21 Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, French scientist ( Coriolis effect), born in Paris, France (d. 1843)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • May 7 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter, dies at 82
  • May 10 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • May 12 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, dies at 81
  • May 24 George Brydges, 1st baron Rodney/admiral, dies
  • May 24 Jakob M R Lenz, writer (That Soldier), dies