May 11

Event:
1778
William Pitt dies. He was British Prime Minister from 1766 – 1768.

Birth:
1763
Batsányi János, Hungarian poet.

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May 10

Event:
1768
Englishman John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for the North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

1773 The Tea Act is passed by Parliament. It provides for the following:
Tea is not allowed to be shipped in East India Company ships directly from India to the American colonies. A duty of three pence per pound is to be collected on tea delivered to America; this tax was considerably less than the previous one. The tea is to be marketed in America by special consignees selected by the East India Company

1774 Louis XVI becomes King of France.

1775 The Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia. The Continental Congress becomes the governing body of a military alliance. Upon the ratification of the Articles of Confederation on March 1, 1781, it was named the Congress of the Confederation.

1775 Ethan Allan leads a band across Lake George to the English held Fort Ticonderoga. He discovers that the front gates are open and the sentry asleep. The fort is taken without a shot. The commander of the Fort had not been informed of the outbreak of fighting in Massachusetts.

1776 The Continental Congress requests that each of the colonies develop local governments.

1779 The cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth are burned by British forces.

Celebrated Birth:
George Ross (b. 1730 – July 14, 1779) Delaware member of Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.

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May 9

Celebrated Birth:
Giovanni Paisiello (or Paesiello) (b. 1740 – June 5, 1816), Italian composer.

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May 8

Event:
1778
General Henry Clinton replaces General William Howe as Commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America.

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May 7

Event:
1763
Ottawa Indian Chief Pontiac begins his rebellion against British forts and settlements in resistance against additional colonization in the North America Great Lakes region.

1780 General Horatio Gates is named commander of the Southern Army by the Continental Congress.

1784 Congress authorized its Ministers in Paris, to conclude treaties of amity and commerce with Russia, Austria, Prussia, Denmark, Saxony, Hamburg, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Genoa, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Venice, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Porte as well as the Barbary States of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.

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May 6

Event:
1780
The British capture the unnamed and incomplete Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The fort was named for the commander in the battle, William Moultrie. Legend has it that the soft palmetto logs of the fort did not crack, but absorbed the shots.

Celebrated Birth:
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758 – 28 July 1794) leader of the French Revolution.

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May 5

Event:
1762
Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg ending their part of the seven year war.

1775 After being in England for the past 11 years, Benjamin Franklin arrives in Philadelphia. Upon his returned he is told that he has been appointed as one of Pennsylvania’s delegates to the Second Continental Congress.

Celebrated Birth:
Leopold II (born Peter Leopold Joseph) (b. 1747 – March 1, 1792) Holy Roman Emperor from 1790 to 1792.

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May 4

Event:
1775
Rhode Island declares independence form Britain. Two months later in Philadelphia the Continental Congress will declare the 13 colonies independent with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Birth:
1772
Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher and editor, who published the first edition of what is now published as the Brockhaus encyclopedia.

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May 3

Event:
1779
American astronomer John Winthrop dies.

Birth:
1761
August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue, German dramatist

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May 2

Event:
1776
France’s King Louis XVI commits one million dollars in arms and munitions to the Americans. This gives the American Revolutionary cause the foreign support they had been hoping for.

1777 American General David Wooster dies from wounds he received on April 27 at the Battle of Ridgefield.

Celebrated Birth:
Elias Boudinot (b. 1740 – October 24, 1821) member of Continental Congress, President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation.

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