On This Day

What Happened in May 1626

Historical Events

  • May 4 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
  • May 6 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit organizes the purchase of Manhattan Island from Native Americans for 60 guilders worth of goods, believed to have been Canarsee Indians of the Lenape
  • May 30 An explosion at the Wanggongchang Gunpowder Factory in Beijing destroys part of the city and kills 20,000 people

Famous Birthdays

  • May 12 Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
  • May 27 William II, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, born in The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1650)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Arthur Lake, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, and translator of the King James Bible, dies at 56
  • May 17 Juan Pujol, Catalan composer, dies at 56