On This Day

May 1768 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

May 9 John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity. British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying duties on the entire cargo.

Historic Event

May 10 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for "The North Briton" severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, born in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, France (d. 1837)
  • May 3 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, born in Laigh Corton, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1838)
  • May 17 Caroline of Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV (1820-21), born in Brunswick, Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1821)
  • May 17 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general, born in London (d. 1854)
  • May 20 Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison, 1st lady (1809-17)

Deaths in History

  • May 16 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • May 27 Johann M Fleischmann, German/Dutch stamp/letter designer, dies
  • May 30 Eggert Ólafsson, Icelandic explorer, writer (Reise igiennem Island - Travels In Iceland), and language conservationist, drowns with his wife when their boat capsizes at 41