On This Day

What Happened in May 1806

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 30 Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson's wife of bigamy

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Chapin A. Harris, American dentist who founded the America Society of Dental Surgeons, born in Pompey, New York (d. 1860)
  • May 8 Johann Friedrich Kittl, Czech composer, born in OrlĂ­k, Bohemia (d. 1868)
  • May 12 Amos Beebe Eaton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Catskill, New York (d. 1877)
  • May 12 Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish journalist, statesman and nationalist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1881)
  • May 16 George C. Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • May 26 Henry Thatcher, American rear admiral (U.S. Navy), born in Thomaston, Maine (d. 1880)
  • May 27 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1835)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Robert Morris, English-born merchant and American Founding Father (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 72
  • May 21 Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias, dies at 21
  • May 24 John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)