What Happened on May 11, 1812

Assassination of a British Prime Minister

Historical Events

Assassination of Spencer Perceval

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

  • Waltz introduced into English ballrooms; some observers consider it disgusting and immoral
1812 History

Famous Deaths

Spencer PercevalSpencer Perceval (1762-1812)

British statesman and Prime Minister (Tory: 1809-12), assassinated by John Bellingham at 49

About May 11, 1812

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 211 years and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus