What Happened in 642

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Historical Events

  • Aug 5 Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia.
  • Sep 17 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria and destory the library
  • Oct 12 John IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • Nov 24 Theodore I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 28 Oswald, English missionary/saint, dies in battle
  • Oct 12 Pope John IV, Dalmatian born Pope (640-42), dies