On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1812

Historical Events


AssassinationAssassination of Spencer Perceval

John Bellingham, a Liverpool merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval on May 11, is hung for the crime at the Old Bailey in London

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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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Famous Deaths


Person of interestJohn Bellingham

John Bellingham, English merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, executed by hanging at 42 or 43

Assassin of Spencer Perceval John Bellingham
Assassin of Spencer Perceval
John Bellingham

1812 Highlights

About May 18, 1812

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 208 years, 9 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus