May 1780 in History

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Events in History


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

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

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • May 4 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • 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


Person of interestElizabeth Fry

May 21 Elizabeth Fry, English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister who is depicted on the British £5 note, born in Norwich, England (d. 1845)

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry

Deaths in History

  • May 18 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland