On This Day

What Happened in 1261

Historical Events

  • Jul 25 Constantinople recaptured by Nicaean forces under Alexios Strategopoulos for Emperor Michael VIII, re-establishing Byzantine Empire
  • Aug 29 Jacques Pantaleon elected as Pope Urban IV
  • Dec 25 John IV Lascaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaeologus.

Famous People Born in 1261

  • Feb 1 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (1308-26), born in Annery, Devonshire, England (d. 1326)
  • Feb 28 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
  • Oct 9 Denis of Portugal, King of Portugal (1279-1325), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1325)

World Leaders in 1261

Famous People Who Died in 1261

  • Feb 28 Hendrik, duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies
  • May 25 Alexander IV [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies
  • Sep 18 Conrad van Hochstaden, archbishop of Cologne, dies