On This Day

What Happened in May 1527

Historical Events

  • May 6 Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
  • May 16 Florence becomes a republic
  • May 17 Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
  • May 30 University of Marburg (Germany) founded

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • May 21 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98) and Portugal (1580-98), born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1598)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37