On This Day

What Happened in May 1637

Historical Events

  • May 13 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife
  • May 26 Mystic Massacre: in 1st battle of Pequot War in Connecticut about 500 Pequot Native Americans are killed by Colonial forces

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch wife of Constantine Huygens, dies at 37
  • May 19 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, dies at 48