On This Day

What Happened in May 1578

Historical Events

  • May 31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 16 Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)
  • May 30 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1658)