On This Day

What Happened in May 1703

Historical Events

  • May 1 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • May 2 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • May 18 Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne

Historic Event

May 27 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, born in Görlitz (d. 1755)

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies

Charles Perrault

May 16 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), dies at 75

  • May 21 Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle

Samuel Pepys

May 26 Samuel Pepys, English navy administrator and Member of Parliament famous for his Diary of the English Restoration period, dies at 70