May 1780 in History

Events in History

Herschel Discovers a Binary Star

May 2 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 4 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

  • May 4 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby

Siege of Charleston Ends

May 12 American General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston to the British (Revolutionary War)

  • May 19 About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
  • May 29 Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag

Birthdays in History

Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry (1780-1845)

May 21 English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister, born in Norwich, England

Deaths in History

  • May 18 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland, dies at 66