On This Day

What Happened in May 1669

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Citing poor eyesight, English civil servant Samuel Pepys records the last event in his famous diary

Diarist Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys

Famous Birthdays

  • May 26 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist, born in Vigny, Île-de-France, France (d. 1722)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Pieter Jansz Post, master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61
  • May 16 Pietro da Cortona [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
  • May 16 Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • May 20 Joris van der Hagen, landscape painter, dies
  • May 24 Pieter Cuypers, South Neth lawyer, dies at 48