On This Day

What Happened in May 1660

Historical Events

  • May 3 Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg & Austria sign Peace of Oliva
  • May 7 Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni

Historic Event

May 8 English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

  • May 23 King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England
  • May 24 English king Charles II visits Netherlands
  • May 25 King Charles II of England lands at Dover harbour
  • May 27 Denmark & Sweden sign The Treaty Of Copenhagen, ends Second Northern War
  • May 29 On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • May 20 Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor (d. 1714)

George I

May 28 George I, King of England (1714-27), born in Hanover, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1727)


Famous Deaths

  • May 29 Gyorgy Rákóczi II, prince of Transylvania, dies in battle
  • May 29 Peter Scriverius, Dutch historian and writer, dies at 44
  • May 29 Frans van Schooten, Dutch mathematician (b. 1615)