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Historical Events in May 1812

  • May 11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

Assassination of a British Prime MinisterAssassination of a British Prime Minister

May 11 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

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An artist's impression of Spencer Perceval's fatal shooting. Photograph: Hulton Archive
An artist's impression of Spencer Perceval's fatal shooting. Photograph: Hulton Archive
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BattleExecution

May 18 John Bellingham, a Liverpool merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval on May 11, is hung for the crime at the Old Bailey in London

Assassin of Spencer Perceval John Bellingham
Assassin of Spencer Perceval
John Bellingham
British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval