On This Day

What Happened in May 1551

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 1 Council of Trente resumes

  • May 12 San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, opens (oldest continuously operating university in the Americas)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), born in London (d. 1623)
  • May 17 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist, born in Antwerp (d. 1608)

Famous Deaths

  • May 18 Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 65
  • May 31 Aristotele "Basiano" da Sangallo, Italian set designer, dies