On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1471

  • May 1 Thomas a Kempis, German Dutch spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • May 4 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • May 4 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • May 21 King Henry VI of England (1422-1471) is executed in the Tower of London at 49