May 1812 in history

May 1812 events chronologically

May 11 Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London
May 16 Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov signs the Treaty of Bucharest, ending the Russo-Turkish War. Bessarabia is annexed by Imperial Russia
May 18 John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
May 22 Action of 22 May 1812: A small French two-frigate squadron comprising Ariane and Andromaque, returning from a commerce raiding campaign in the Atlantic, meets the 74-gun HMS Northumberland while trying the slip to Lorient through the British blockade

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1812

May 3 William Samuel Henson a pre-Wright brothers aviation engineer and inventor.
May 7 Robert Browning an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
May 10 William Henry Barlow an English civil engineer of the 19th century, particularly associated with railway engineering projects. Barlow was involved in many engineering enterprises. He was engineer for the Midland Railway on its London extension and designed the company's London terminus at St Pancras
May 12 Edward Lear known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a illustrator of Alfred Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes, and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry
May 19 Lady Charlotte Guest an English translator and business woman. An important figure in the study of Welsh language and literature, she is best known for her pioneering translation from Welsh into English of several medieval tales to which she gave the name Mabinogion
May 25 Filippo Pacini an Italian anatomist, posthumously famous for isolating the cholera bacillus Vibrio cholerae in 1854, well before Robert Koch's more widely accepted discoveries thirty years later.
May 30 John Alexander McClernand an American lawyer and politician, and a Union general in the American Civil War. He was a classic case of the politician-in-uniform coming into conflict with career Army officers, graduates of the United States Military Academy. He was a prominent Democratic politician in Illinois and a representative in the U.S. Congress before the war and then served as a subordinate commander under Ulysses Grant in the Western Theater, fighting in the battles of Belmont, Fort Donelson, and Shiloh in 1861–62

Top 7 most famous people died in May 1812

May 7 Gottlieb Schick a German Neoclassical painter. His history paintings, portraits, and landscapes are characterized by romantic tendencies. Of these, he is best known for his portraits
May 11 Spencer Perceval the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 4 October 1809 until his death on 11 May 1812. He is the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated. He is also the only Solicitor General or Attorney General to have been Prime Minister
May 13 Johannes Matthias Sperger an Austrian contrabassist and composer.
May 14 Duncan Ban MacIntyre one of the most renowned of Scottish Gaelic poets and formed an integral part of one of the golden ages of Gaelic poetry in Scotland during the 18th century. He is best known for his poem about Beinn Dorain; "Moladh Beinn Dòbhrain" :
May 18 John Bellingham the assassin of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. This murder is the only assassination of a British Prime Minister
May 20 Count Hieronymus von Colloredo Prince-Bishop of Gurk from 1761 to 1772 and Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg from 1771 until 1803, when the prince-archbishopric was secularized. After secularization, Colloredo continued until his death in 1812 as archbishop of Salzburg, but bereft of temporal power
May 21 Joseph Wölfl an Austrian pianist and composer.