On This Day

What Happened in May 1652

Historical Events

  • May 4 Battle of Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • May 10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • May 13 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
  • May 18 Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • May 19 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
  • May 29 Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, statesman and physician, born in Wertheim am Main (d. 1732)
  • May 27 Elisabeth Charlotte "Liselotte", German-French duchess of Orleans, born in Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1722)

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Daughter of the Prince of Orange, Albertine Agnes marries William Frederick Prince of Nassau-Dietz

Famous Deaths

  • May 27 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39