On This Day

What Happened in 1215

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 King John of England makes an oath to the Pope as a crusader to gain the support of Innocent III.
  • May 12 English barons serve ultimatum on King John which eventually leads to the creation and signing of the Magna Carta
  • Jun 1 Beijing, under control of Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing
  • Jun 15 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England
  • Jul 23 Frederick II crowned King of the Romans (King of the Germans) in Aachen
  • Aug 24 Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid
  • Nov 11 4th Lateran Council (12th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
  • Nov 30 Pope Innocent III closes 4th council of Lateranen

World Leaders in 1215

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Otto van Gelre, son of Otto I/earl-elect of Utrecht