On This Day

What Happened in May 1809

Historical Events

  • May 5 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Aargau Canton, Switzerland
  • May 5 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent for weaving straw
  • May 17 Papal States annexed by France

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 21 Battle of Aspern-Essling: Austrian archduke Karl beats Napoleon

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 24 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), born in Martin's Mills, Cross Keys, South Carolina (d. 1875)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
  • May 17 Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg, physician, dies
  • May 30 Johan B Scheffer, portrait painter, dies at about 43
  • May 31 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel, dies in battle at 33
  • May 31 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies at 77
  • May 31 Jean Lannes, French marshal (b. 1769)