On This Day

What Happened in 1244

Historical Events

  • Jul 11 Khwarezmian Tatars sack Jerusalem, decimating the city's Christian population and driving out Jews

Famous People Born in 1244

  • Jun 24 Henry I, the Child, 1st count of Hessen (1256-1308), born in Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders (d. 1308)
  • Oct 13 Jacques de Molay, French last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, born in Molay, Haute-SaĆ“ne, France (d. 1314)

Famous People Who Died in 1244

  • Mar 1 Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Welsh leader Llywelyn the Great, dies trying to escape from the Tower of London (b. 1200)
  • Dec 5 Johanna of Constantinople, countess of Flanders (1205-44), dies