On This Day

What Happened in August 1346

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 26 Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 25 Louis of Nevers, Count of Flanders, dies in battle
  • Aug 26 Jan de Blinde, King of Bohemia/count of Luxemburg, dies in battle
  • Aug 26 Charles II of Alençon, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1297)
  • Aug 26 Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1320)