What Happened in May 1818

Historical Events

  • May 4 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling

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May 24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • May 28 1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet

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May 5 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • May 20 William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)
  • May 25 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian
  • May 27 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons
  • May 28 Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, US Confederate gen (Hero of Sumter)
  • May 31 John Albion Andrew, Gov (Union), (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Herman W Daendels, governor-gen of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • May 7 Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh, composer, dies at 70
  • May 8 Franz Ignaz Kaa, composer, dies at 78

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May 10 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • May 14 Matthew Gregory Lewis, English novelist (b. 1775)
  • May 26 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies