On This Day

What Happened in May 1604

Historical Events

  • May 6 Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina
  • May 12 Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Jean Mairet, French dramatist famous for tragedies (Sophonisbe) and comedies, born in Besançon, France (d. 1686)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, dies at 71