On This Day

What Happened in May 1702

Historical Events

  • May 14 England & Netherlands declare war on France & Spain

Historic Event

May 14 Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw

  • May 22 Commission for the first Census of Iceland issued - first modern census, carried out by Professor Árni Magnússon and Vice Chancellor Páll Vídalín (1702-3) [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German Lutheran theologian, born in Göppingen, Germany (d. 1782)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Jacob Hintze, German composer, dies at 79
  • May 27 Dominique Bouhours, French critic (b. 1628)