On This Day

What Happened in May 1800

Historical Events

  • May 7 Indiana Territory organized

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck give a lecture first outlining his theories of evolution at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris, France

French Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
French Naturalist
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
  • May 14 Friedrich von Schiller's "Macbeth" premieres in Weimar

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 15 King George III survives a second assassination attempt

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • May 15 Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Thomas Aloysius Dornin, American naval officer, born in Ireland (d. 1874)
  • May 5 Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette), born in Rethel, Ardennes, France (d. 1864)
  • May 6 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
  • May 6 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general, born in Volhynia (d. 1881)

Person of interestJohn Brown

May 9 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • May 10 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer
  • May 17 Carl Friedrich Zöllner, German composer, born in Mittelhausen, Germany (d. 1860)
  • May 30 Karl Wilhelm Feuerbach, German mathematician (Position of Feuerbach), born in Jena, Saxe-Weimar, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1834)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95), dies at 64
  • May 7 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Roland), dies at 72
  • May 18 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general, dies at 70
  • May 19 French Bosbeeck, veterinarian/robber, hanged