On This Day

What Happened in July 1099

Historical Events

  • Jul 8 First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on
  • Jul 15 City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
  • Jul 16 Crusaders herd Jews of Jerusalem into a synagogue & set it afire
  • Jul 22 First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem

Famous Deaths

El Cid

Jul 10 El Cid [Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar], Castilian nobleman and military leader and general strategist, dies at about 59

  • Jul 29 Urban II [Odo van Lagery], French Pope who began the First Crusade (1088-99), dies at about 64