On This Day

May 1796 in History

Events in History

  • May 10 French government arrest 10 utopists

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 10 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 10 Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • May 15 France & Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris
  • May 15 First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph with French troops
  • May 16 Lombardian Republic forms
  • May 19 Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds

Birthdays in History


Person of interestHorace Mann

May 4 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • May 4 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • May 4 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • May 9 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)
  • May 17 Martinus Niewindt, Dutch Bishop of Curacao (advocate for fair treatment and abolition of slavery), born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)
  • May 21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, (d. 1876)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Theodicee), dies at 75
  • May 29 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)