May 1797 in History

Events in History

  • May 10 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 12 Nore Mutiny: British Royal Navy sailors mutiny on the Thames, England and blockade London

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 2 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • May 18 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • May 19 Maria Isabel of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1818)

Weddings in History

  • May 5 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce

Deaths in History

  • May 17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • May 25 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • May 27 Francois-Noal "Gracchus" Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36