On This Day

May 1609 in History

Events in History

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe

  • May 23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place

Birthdays in History

  • May 16 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1641)

Deaths in History

  • May 26 Cornelis Claesz, mapmaker, buried