What Happened in May 1652

Historical Events

  • May 4 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • May 10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va
  • May 13 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
  • May 18 Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • May 19 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
  • May 29 Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Johann Philipp Fortsch, composer
  • May 27 Elisabeth C "Liselotte" van de Palts, German/French duchess of Orleans

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Daughter of the Prince of Orange, Albertine Agnes marries William Frederick Prince of Nassau-Dietz

Famous Deaths

  • May 27 Jacques Huyn, composer, dies at 39