On This Day

What Happened in May 1536

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 15 Anne Boleyn and her brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest

  • May 17 Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed shortly before her own beheading
  • May 19 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
  • May 23 Pope Paul III installs Portuguese inquisition

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, English nobleman and Earl Marshal who participated in the Ridolfi plot and executed (d. 1572)

Famous Weddings

Henry VIII

May 30 English King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32

ExecutionAnne Boleyn

May 19 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-36), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason aged between 28 to 35