On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1799

  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • May 4 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam, dies at 48
  • May 9 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, French composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • May 26 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • May 31 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)