On This Day

What Happened in May 1649

Historical Events

  • May 19 England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Johann Valentin Meder, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1719)

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered
  • May 14 Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (b. 1600)