Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: May 11-17


May 11, 1812: Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.

May 12, 1821: The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.

May 13, 1787: Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.

May 14, 1796: Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.

May 15, 1800: George III survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason of insanity.

May 16, 1770: Fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette marries fifteen-year-old Louis-Auguste, who later becomes Louis XVI of France.

May 17, 1809: Napoleon orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.








2 thoughts on “This Week In History: May 11-17”

  1. Cora, I was watching a programme called Countryfile on BBC TV last night and each of the presenters was choosing their own farming hero and one chose Edward Jenner. He was a rural doctor in Gloucestershire and in 1796 he discovered that a local milkmaid seemed to be immune to one of the world’s biggest killers, smallpox, She was protected because she had contracted the milder cowpox, from the animals she was milking. Jenner used this principle to develop a vaccine, which he then tested on local children – including his own. His pioneering work earned him the title “father of immunology”.


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