On This Day

May 1643 in History

Events in History

  • May 10 Essex County, Massachusetts is founded, which contains the town of Salem in which the notorious witch-trials will occur in 1692
  • May 13 Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
  • May 13 Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Louis XIV becomes King of France aged 4

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 19 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army
  • May 19 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England

Birthdays in History

  • May 7 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), born in New Amsterdam (now NYC) (d. 1700)

Deaths in History

Person of interestLouis XIII

May 14 Louis XIII, King of France (1610-43), dies at 41

King of France Louis XIII
King of France
Louis XIII