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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles

Bishop of Imola and Pope Pius VII
Bishop of Imola and Pope
Pius VII

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
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