On This Day

What Happened in 1156

Historical Events in 1156

  • Jan 20 According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland
  • May 28 Battle at Brindisi: Norman-Sicillian King William beats Byzantine fleet under John Doukas and Alexios Bryennios
  • Jul 11 Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan
  • Sep 8 Henry II Jasormigott leaves Bavaria
  • Sep 17 Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issues the 'Privilegium Minus' decree, which elevated Austria to a duchy.

Famous People Born in 1156

  • Oct 27 Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1194-1222), born in Saint-Gilles, Gard, France (d. 1222)

Famous People Who Died in 1156

  • Jan 20 Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
  • Jan 30 Herman van Horn, bishop of Utrecht (1151/52-56), dies
  • Jul 20 Emperor Toba of Japan (b. 1103)
  • Dec 25 Peter the Venerable, French theologist, 9th abbot of Cluny, dies at about 61