On This Day

What Happened in May 1598

Historical Events

  • May 1 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • May 2 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • May 6 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • May 23 Claude Mellan, French engraver, cartoonist and painter, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1688)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)