On This Day

What Happened in May 1596

Historical Events

  • May 18 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya
  • May 26 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • May 9 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Dutch painter, baptized in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1675)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • May 27 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies