On This Day

May 1707 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

Birthdays in History


Person of interestCarolus Linnaeus

May 23 Carolus Linnaeus [Carl von Linné], Swedish botanist, explorer and the Father of Taxonomy, born in Råshult, Sweden (d. 1778)

Taxonomist, Botanist, Physician and Zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, Botanist, Physician and Zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
  • May 27 Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • May 28 Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France, dies at 66