May 1812 in History

Events in History

  • May 11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

MurderAssassination

May 11 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later elected to Parliament at the same time.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Marin R Delany, Charlestown Va, Abolitionist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army)

Person of interestRobert Browning

May 7 Robert Browning, poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England

  • May 12 Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
  • May 12 Louis Ludwig Blenker, German-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worms, Germany (d. 1863)
  • May 17 Joseph Warren Revere, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • May 19 Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • May 23 Henri A Esquiros, French poet/writer (Les Vierges Folles)
  • May 30 John Alexander McClernand, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky (d. 1900)

Deaths in History


Person of interestSpencer Perceval

May 11 Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval