What Happened in May 1700

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Historical Events


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May 7 William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

Famous Birthdays

  • May 7 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch botanist
  • May 12 Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect
  • May 19 José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)
  • May 26 Nikolaus L earl von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, German evangelist

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68