On This Day

What Happened in May 1640

Historical Events

  • May 3 English Upper house accepts Act of Attainder
  • May 5 English Short Parliament rises
  • May 12 Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV

Famous Birthdays

  • May 31 Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (1669-73), born in Biały Kamień, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1673)

Famous Deaths

  • May 30 Andre Duchesne, French historian/genealogy, dies
  • May 30 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter, dies at 62