On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1791

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

May 9 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • May 28 Joseph Schmitt, German Dutch composer, dies at 57
  • May 30 Ildephons Haas, German composer, dies at 56