On This Day

What Happened in May 1568

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 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, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)

Famous Deaths

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