On This Day

What Happened in May 1697

Historical Events

  • May 7 Stockholm's medieval royal castle is destroyed by fire, the Codex Gigas (world's largest extant medieval illuminated manuscript) survives by being thrown out a window
  • May 24 English King William III travels through northern Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1764)

Famous Deaths

  • May 18 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, dies at 81