On This Day

What Happened in May 1818

Historical Events

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

Victory in Battle

May 24 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida

  • May 28 Walk-in-the-Water, 1st steam vessel to sail Lake Erie launched

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 José Amador de los Ríos, Spanish historian and poet, born in Baena, Spain (d. 1878)

Karl Marx

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

  • May 20 William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)
  • May 25 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1897)
  • May 27 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, American reformer who campaigned for temperance and women’s rights, born in Homer, New York (d. 1894)
  • May 28 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1893)
  • May 31 John Albion Andrew, American politician (25th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Windham, Massachusetts (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch military leader (Brigadier-General) and politician (Governor-General of Dutch-East Indies, 1808-11; Governor-General of Dutch Gold Coast, 1811-15), dies at 55
  • May 7 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • May 8 Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, dies at 78

Paul Revere

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

  • May 14 Matthew Lewis, English novelist (The Monk), dies at 42
  • May 26 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies