On This Day

What Happened in May 1673

Historical Events

  • May 17 Louis Jolliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Johann Valentin Eckelt, German composer, born in Werningshausen, Germany (d. 1732)
  • May 29 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1743)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • May 13 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), dies at 73