What Happened in May 1796

Historical Events

  • May 10 French government arrest 10 utopists

Victory in Battle

May 10 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge

  • May 10 Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam

Historic Event

May 14 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers his revolutionary cowpox-based vaccine for smallpox, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

  • May 15 First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph with French troops
  • May 15 France & Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris
  • May 16 Lombardian Republic forms
  • May 19 Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds
  • May 27 James S McLean patents his piano

Famous Birthdays

Horace Mann

May 4 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

  • May 4 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • May 4 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • May 9 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)
  • May 17 Martinus Niewindt, Dutch Bishop of Curacao (advocate for fair treatment and abolition of slavery), born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)
  • May 21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1876)

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Theodicee), dies at 75
  • May 17 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, German composer, dies at 89
  • May 29 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)