What Happened in May 1792

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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 18 Margaret Ann Neve, British 1st recorded female Supercentenarian, who lived in three centuries, born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey (d. 1903)
  • 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