On This Day

What Happened in May 1501

Historical Events

  • May 20 Portuguese explorer João da Nova Castell discovers the Ascension Islands

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), born in Montefano, Marche, Papal States (d. 1555)

Famous Deaths

  • May 22 Robert Gaguin, French writer/diplomat (Arte Metrificandi), dies at 66