On This Day

What Happened in May 1638

Historical Events

  • May 7 Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)
  • May 14 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquers Batticaloa, Ceylon

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, born in Hadham Parva, Hertfordshire (d. 1696)
  • May 13 Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (d. 1712)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Cornelius Jansen, French Roman Catholic reform leader (Jansenism), dies at 52
  • May 27 Nicolas Formé, French composer, dies at 71