On This Day

Historical Events in May 1822

  • May 1 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • May 3 Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded in Lyon, France
  • May 16 Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli

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May 24 Battle of Pichincha, Simón Bolívar secures the independence of Ecuador from Spain

Military and Political Leader Simón Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simón Bolívar
  • May 30 George Wilson and Joe LaRoche betray a planned slave revolt organized by Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina, confirming an earlier warning from Peter Prioleau. 35 Black people are later hanged. (date is approximate)