On This Day

May 1678 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • May 11 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' naval fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao, ends French control and ushers in an age of Piracy in the Caribbean

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet, spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70