On This Day

What Happened in May 1802

Historical Events

  • May 3 Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
  • May 19 French Order of Legion d'Honneur forms

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, born in Berlin (d. 1866)
  • May 15 Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • May 31 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1870)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington