On This Day

What Happened in May 1641

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, born in Amsterdam (d. 1717)
  • May 16 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • May 28 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, born in Laibach, Carniola (d. 1693)

Famous Weddings

  • May 12 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Johan BanĂ©r, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
  • May 12 Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of Strafford and Viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48