On This Day

May 1783 in History

Events in History


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May 2 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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May 4 William Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • May 18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States
  • May 30 Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US

Birthdays in History

  • May 9 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • May 25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, born in Gordonsville, Virginia (d. 1841)

Weddings in History


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May 8 First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds John Claypoole at Christ Church

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • May 23 James Otis, American lawyer, dies