On This Day

Historical Events in May 1792

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May 5 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre commissioned to measure the meridian between Dunkerque to Rodez to calculate accurate length of the metre

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • May 7 Captain Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • May 8 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • May 8 US establishes the military draft
  • May 11 Columbia River discovered & named by US Captain Robert Gray
  • May 12 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
  • May 16 Denmark abolishes slave trade
  • May 17 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
  • May 19 Russian army enters Poland
  • May 21 Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption