On This Day

What Happened in May 1701

Historical Events

  • May 15 The War of the Spanish Succession begins


May 23 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 William Emerson, English mathematician (d. 1782)

Famous Deaths

ExecutionWilliam Kidd

May 23 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London's execution Dock at about 56