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Events in History

  • May 1 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Birthdays in History

  • May 18 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)

Deaths in History


Person of interestWilliam Pitt the Elder

May 11 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', dies at 69

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • May 16 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)

Person of interestVoltaire

May 30 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire