On This Day

May 1776 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
  • May 2 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
  • May 4 Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain
  • May 12 Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Johann Friedrich Herbart, German philosopher and psychologist, born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1841)

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, dies at 58
  • May 13 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), dies at 71