On This Day

What Happened in 1170

Historical Events

  • Dec 29 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights

Famous People Born in 1170

  • Apr 5 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • Aug 8 Saint Dominic, Castilian Catholic priest, founder of the Dominican Order, and patron saint of astronomers, born in Caleruega, Spain (d. 1221)