On This Day

May 1785 in History

Events in History

  • May 9 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

InventionHistoric Invention

May 23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Birthdays in History

  • May 9 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • May 18 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Pietro Longhi, Venetian painter, dies at 83
  • May 8 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman, dies at 65
  • May 23 William Woollett, engraver, dies