On This Day

What Happened in May 1593

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 18 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

Famous Birthdays

  • May 20 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque artist
  • May 20 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (d. 1656)

Famous Deaths

  • May 29 John Penry, Welsh protestant martyr (Marprelate tracts), executed for sedition at about 30
  • May 30 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford at about 29