On This Day

What Happened in May 1688

Famous Birthdays

Alexander Pope

May 21 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England

  • May 25 Christian August Jacobi, German composer, born in Grimma, Leipzig (d. 1725)

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • May 14 Antoine Furetière, French writer (b. 1619)
  • May 22 Johannes Andreas Quenstedt, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 70