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What Happened in May 1701

Historical Events


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May 12 Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
  • May 15 The War of the Spanish Succession begins

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

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths


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

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd