On This Day

What Happened in May 1692

Historical Events

  • May 27 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft
  • May 29 Battle at La Hogue: English and Dutch fleet beat France
  • May 29 Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (Formula of Stirling), born in this month in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1770)
  • May 3 Jan Jacob Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1768)
  • May 18 Joseph Butler, English theologian and bishop, born in Wantage, England (d. 1752)

Famous Deaths

  • May 18 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian & collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74