On This Day

What Happened in May 1671

Historical Events

  • May 9 Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels of England and Scotland from the Tower of London, captured running from the tower with the jewels

Famous Birthdays

  • May 21 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, Italian organist and composer, born in Siena (d. 1755)
  • May 22 Abraham Patras, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1735-37), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1737)
  • May 24 Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, born in Pitti Palace, Florence, Tuscany (d. 1737)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of Opperkrijgshof, dies at 62