On This Day

May 1688 in History

Birthdays in History


Person of interestAlexander Pope

May 21 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England


Deaths in History

  • May 9 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • May 14 Antoine Furetière, French writer (b. 1619)
  • May 22 Johannes Andreas Quenstedt, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 70