On This Day

What Happened in May 1568

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

May 13 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at Battle of Langside

  • May 23 Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed
  • May 23 The Netherlands declares independence from Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • May 11 Christian I, German Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg who led an army of 21,000 Bohemians at the Battle of White Mountain, born in Bernburg (d. 1630)

Famous Deaths

  • May 23 Adolf van Nassau, German son of William I and Juliana of Stolberg, dies in battle at 27