What Happened in May 1672

Historical Events

  • May 2 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • May 6 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • May 15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • May 17 Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada)

Famous Birthdays

Joseph Addison

May 1 Joseph Addison, English essayist, playwright (Cato, a Tragedy), poet and Whig politician who co-founded "The Spectator" magazine, born in Milston, Wiltshire, England (d. 1719)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • May 8 Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de TrĂ©ville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • May 11 Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, Scottish peer, dies at 57
  • May 28 Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, English soldier, admiral and patron of Samuel Pepys, killed at the Battle of Solebay at 46
  • May 28 John Trevor, English politician (b. 1626)