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
  • May 24 Battle of Pichincha, BolĂ­var secures independence of Quito from Spain
  • 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)