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What Happened in 1066

Historical Events in 1066

  • Jan 6 King Harald of England crowned
  • Mar 23 18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • Apr 24 Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
  • Sep 20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar
  • Sep 25 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed
  • Sep 27 William the Conqueror's troops set sail for England
  • Sep 28 William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
  • Oct 14 Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror and his Norman army defeat the English forces of Harold II who is killed in the battle
  • Dec 25 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, completing the Norman conquest of England

World Leaders in 1066