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What Happened on May 11, 1812

Article: Assassination of a British Prime Minister

Historical Events


AssassinationAssassination 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.

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British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham, drawing by John Heaviside Clark
British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham, drawing by John Heaviside Clark
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  • Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

Famous Deaths


MurderSpencer Perceval

Spencer Perceval, British statesman and Prime Minister (1809–1812), assassinated by John Bellingham at 49

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval

1812 Highlights

About May 11, 1812

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 208 years, 5 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus