What Happened in May 1799

Historical Events

  • May 4 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.

Historic Siege

May 21 Napoleon and his forces abandon their siege of Acre after two months - turning point in French invasion of Egypt and Syria

  • May 22 Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews

Famous Birthdays

  • May 11 John Lowell, American philanthropist, born in Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • May 20 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1850)
  • May 21 Mary Anning, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis), born in Lyme Regis, Dorset (d. 1847)
  • May 23 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), born in London (d. 1845)
  • May 27 Fromental Halévy, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1862)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, dies at 58
  • May 4 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam, dies at 48
  • May 9 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • May 26 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • May 31 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)