On This Day

What Happened in May 1555

Historical Events

  • May 23 Giampietro Caraffa elected Pope Paul IV

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), dies at 53
  • May 25 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), dies at 46
  • May 25 Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)