What Happened in May 1803

Historical Events

  • May 16 Peace of Amiens between French Republic and Great Britain ends
  • May 17 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy and Switzerland

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 22 1st US public library opens in Connecticut

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer
  • May 8 Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova, composer
  • May 12 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist (agricultural chemics)
  • May 12 Justus, baron von Liebig, German chemist (biochemistry), born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1973)
  • May 17 Robert Smith Surtees, novelist
  • May 24 Charles LJL Bonaparte, Corsican/French prince of Canino/Musignano
  • May 24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist (d. 1866)

Person of interestRalph Waldo Emerson

May 25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson