On This Day

What Happened in May 1805

Historical Events

  • May 4 Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Lewis and Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis

CrownRoyal Coronation

May 26 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Petty

May 7 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), dies at 68

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • May 9 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet & playwright, dies at 45
  • May 16 Christiaan Brunings, Dutch hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • May 25 William Paley, English philosopher and theologian (Natural Theology), dies at 61
  • May 28 Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer/cellist (Minuet), dies at 62