What Happened in May 1795

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

May 1 Kamehameha, King of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and conquors island of Oʻahu at Battle of Nuʻuanu (approx. date)

  • May 16 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassal state

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), born in Esen, East Frisia (d. 1852)
  • May 10 Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry, historian
  • May 13 Gérard Paul Deshayes, French geologist (d. 1875)
  • May 13 Joshua Ratoon Sands, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1883)
  • May 15 Adolf B Marx, German music theorist
  • May 19 Johns Hopkins, philanthropist, founded Johns Hopkins University
  • May 23 Charles Barry, British architect, born in London (d. 1860)

Famous Deaths

  • May 19 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, dies at 54
  • May 19 Josiah Bartlett, American physician and statesman (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • May 20 Ignác Martinovics, Hungarian physicist/revolutionary, beheaded