On This Day

What Happened in May 1647

Historical Events

  • May 11 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam
  • May 23 Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland
  • May 26 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • May 26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Bellone aen bant), born in Goes, Netherlands (d. 1684)

Famous Deaths

  • May 19 Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
  • May 21 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65