On This Day

What Happened in May 1659

Historical Events

  • May 22 France, England & Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty
  • May 25 Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England, earning the nickname "Tumbledown Dick" as a result of his abrupt fall from power
  • May 31 Netherlands, England and France sign Treaty of The Hague

Famous Birthdays

  • May 16 Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist