What Happened in May 1701

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Historical Events

  • May 12 Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
  • May 15 The War of the Spanish Succession begins.

BattleExecution

May 23 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 William Emerson, English mathematician (d. 1782)
  • May 31 Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible

Famous Deaths


BattleExecution

May 23 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London's Execution Dock at about 56

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd