On This Day

What Happened in May 1610

Historical Events


May 14 Henry IV of France is assassinated by fanatical Catholic Fran├žois Ravaillac who stabs him to death in the streets of Paris

Historic Event

May 15 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French King

Famous Birthdays

  • May 18 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker, born in Florence (d. 1664)
  • May 24 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Italian composer, born in Moletolo, Parma, Italy (d. 1677)

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (China), dies at 57

AssassinationHenry IV of France

May 14 Henry IV, 1st Bourbon King of Navarra (1572-1610) and France (1589-1610), assassinated at 56

  • May 19 Thomas Sanchez, Spanish theologian (b. 1550)
  • May 27 Fran├žois Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)