What Happened in May 1692

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Historical Events

  • May 27 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft
  • May 29 Battle at La Hogue: English & Dutch fleet beat France
  • May 29 Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 -31? James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (d. 1770) born during this month
  • May 3 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51)
  • May 18 Joseph Butler, theologian, born in Wantage Berkshire

Famous Deaths

  • May 18 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74