On This Day

What Happened in 1220

Historical Events

  • Feb 15 Khwarezmian city of Bukhara taken by Genghis Khan's Mongol army after a 12-day siege, with the death of about 30,000 of its citizens
  • Apr 26 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
  • May 16 English King Henry III lays the foundation stone for a new Lady Chapel, start of the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey, in London
  • Aug 8 Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula
  • Nov 22 Frederick II crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Honorius III

World Leaders in 1220

Famous People Who Died in 1220

  • Apr 15 Adolf I, Archbishop of Cologne, dies at ~63