On This Day

What Happened in May 1670

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 2 King Charles II gives royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (d. 1726)
  • May 12 Frederick Augustus I/ August II, the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reputed to have sired 355 children) (d. 1733)

Famous Deaths

  • May 21 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer, dies at 83
  • May 23 Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1610)
  • May 24 Ferdinand II, ruler of Toscane, dies at 59