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Historical Events

  • May 11 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam.
  • May 23 Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland
  • May 26 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • May 26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 John A "Joannes" Antonides van der Goes, poet (Bellone aen bant)

Famous Deaths

  • May 19 Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
  • May 21 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65