On This Day

What Happened in May 1607

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

  • May 14 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.

Famous Deaths

  • May 21 John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)