On This Day

What Happened in May 1678

Historical Events

  • May 3 French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • May 11 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • May 6 Joseph Chabanceau de La Barre, French composer, dies at 44