On This Day

What Happened in May 1620

Historical Events

  • May 17 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair in Philippapolis, Turkey

Famous Birthdays

  • May 23 Pieter Neefs, the Younger, Flemish painter, baptized in Antwerp

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • May 16 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai, dies at 55
  • May 31 Willem Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies at 59