On This Day

What Happened in May 1686

Historical Events

  • May 4 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

May 24 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Dutch-German-Polish physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker, who invented the thermometer and the Fahrenheit scale, born in Danzig, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1736)

Inventor and Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Inventor and Physicist
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Famous Deaths

  • May 21 Otto von Guericke, German scientist, inventor, and politician, dies at 83