On This Day

What Happened in May 1707

Historical Events

  • May 1 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

Famous Birthdays

  • May 14 Antonio Teixeira, composer

Person of interestCarolus Linnaeus

May 23 Carolus Linnaeus [Carl von Linné], Swedish botanist, explorer and the Father of Taxonomy, born in Råshult, Sweden (d. 1778)

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
  • May 9 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
  • May 27 Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • May 28 Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France, dies at 66