What Happened in May 1798

Historical Events

  • May 24 Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins
  • May 26 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
  • May 27 The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland, large rebel force kills local militia

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian
  • May 18 Ethan Allen Hitchcock, American Major General (Union Army), born in Vergennes, Vermont (d. 1870)
  • May 28 Josef Dessauer, Austrian composer, born in Prague (d. 1876)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40
  • May 19 William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman and politician, dies at 75