On This Day

What Happened in 1238

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Mongolian forces led by General Batu capture and burn the important Russian city of Vladimir, after an eight-day siege
  • Mar 4 Battle of the Sit River: Mongol forces of Batu Khan overcome Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal near Yaroslavl in Russia, ending Russian resistance
  • Oct 9 James I of Aragon conquers Valencia and founds the Kingdom of Valencia

Famous People Born in 1238

  • May 1 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), born in T√łnsberg, Norway (d. 1280)

Famous People Who Died in 1238

  • Mar 4 Joan of England, Queen Consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II (b. 1210)
  • Mar 4 Yuri II, Grand Prince of Vladimir, beheaded by his own forces after being caught by Mongolian forces (b. 1189)
  • Mar 19 Henry the Bearded, High Duke of Poland (1232-38), dies