On This Day

What Happened in May 1631

Historical Events

  • May 17 Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
  • May 18 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants Puritan voting right

Election of Interest

May 18 John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

  • May 20 Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War
  • May 30 The Treaty of Fontainebleau signed between Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, and the Kingdom of France, establishing a secret alliance between them during the Thirty Years' War.

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician and antiquarian (his library formed basis of British Museum manuscript collection), dies at 60
  • May 11 Christoph Buel, German composer, dies at 57
  • May 26 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), dies at 54