May 1811 in history

May 1811 events chronologically

May 5 In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro the French army, under Marshall André Masséna, drive in the Duke of Wellington's overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Oñoro and the Anglo-Portuguese army holds the field at the end of the day
May 14 Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor
May 15 Paraguay declares independence from Spain
May 16 Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera
May 18 Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1811

May 5 John William Draper an American scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer. He is credited with producing the first clear photograph of a female face and the first detailed photograph of the Moon. He was also the first president of the American Chemical Society and a founder of the New York University School of Medicine. One of Draper's books, the anti-Catholic History of the Conflict between Religion and Science, was widely read and was translated into several languages. His son, Henry Draper, and his granddaughter, Antonia Maury, were astronomers, her younger sister, Carlotta Maury was a palentologist, and his eldest son, John Christopher Draper, was a chemist
May 11 Chang and Eng Bunker were Thai-American conjoined twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term "Siamese twins".
May 11 Theodore Nicolas Gobley born in Paris on May 11, 1811, and died in Bagneres-de-Luchon on September 1, 1876.
May 14 Antoni Patek a Polish pioneer in watchmaking and a creator of Patek Philippe & Co., one of the most famous watchmaker companies.
May 20 Alfred Domett an English colonial statesman and poet. He was New Zealand's fourth Premier
May 22 Giulia Grisi an Italian opera singer. She performed widely in Europe, the United States, and South America and is widely considered to be one of the leading sopranos of the 19th century
May 24 Charles Clark (governor) Governor of Mississippi from November 16, 1863 until May 22, 1865.

Died in May 1811

May 4 Nikolay Kamensky a Russian general who outlived his father, Field Marshal Mikhail Kamensky, by two years.
May 7 Richard Cumberland (dramatist) See also Cumberland , Cumberland.
May 28 Henry Dundas 1st Viscount Melville a Scottish advocate and Tory politician. He was the first Secretary of State for War and became, in 1806, the last person to be impeached in the United Kingdom, for misappropriation of public money. Although acquitted, he never held public office again