On This Day

What Happened in May 1653

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France, born in Moulins, France (d. 1734)
  • May 21 Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)
  • May 30 Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Empress consort of Germany, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1676)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 John Bicker, ship builder/merchant/regent, dies at 61
  • May 18 Carel Reyniersz, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, dies at 48
  • May 19 Carel Reyniersz, gov-gen of Neth East Indies, dies at 48
  • May 26 Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)