On This Day

What Happened in May 1650

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJohn Churchill

May 26 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, born in Ashe, England (d. 1722)


Famous Deaths

  • May 20 Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • May 21 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general, hanged at 37
  • May 28 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59