On This Day

What Happened in 1173

Historical Events

  • Feb 21 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Aug 9 Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete

Famous People Born in 1173

  • Dec 23 Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)

Famous People Who Died in 1173

  • Aug 9 Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Kurdish soldier and father of Saladin (1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria), dies after a horse riding accident