On This Day

What Happened in May 1654

Historical Events

  • May 3 Bridge at Rowley, Massachusetts begins charging tolls for animals
  • May 13 Venetian fleet under Norwegian Admiral Cort Adeler beats Turkish fleet the near the Dardanelles, sinking 15 Turkish galleys

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Kangxi Emperor of China, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Jingren Palace, Forbidden City, Beijing, Qing dynasty, China (d. 1722)
  • May 11 Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian, author and collector of antiquities, (d. 1737)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Fran├žois de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77