On This Day

What Happened in May 1696

Historical Events

  • May 31 John Salomonsz elected chief of Saint-Eustatius

Famous Birthdays

  • May 23 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer and organist, born in Hausen, Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (d. 1763)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Jean de La Bruy√®re, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), dies at 50
  • May 24 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
  • May 30 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, dies at 58
  • May 31 Heinrich Schwemmer, German composer, dies at 75