On This Day

What Happened in May 1619

Historical Events

  • May 18 Dutch jurist and scholar Hugo Grotius sentenced to life in prison in Loevestein Castle in the Netherlands (later escapes in a book chest)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 24 Philips Wouwerman, Dutch painter, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1668)

Famous Deaths

  • May 13 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch lawyer and statesman, beheaded at 71
  • May 21 Hieronymus Fabricius Ab Aquapende Italian physician (De Formato Foetu), dies at 82