What Happened in May 1643

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Historical Events

  • May 13 Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
  • May 13 Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population

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May 14 Louis XIV becomes King of France aged 4

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The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 19 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army
  • May 19 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (d. 1700)

Famous Deaths

  • May 14 Louis XIII, King of France (1610-43), dies at 41