On This Day

What Happened in August 1346

Historical Events

  • Aug 10 Majorcan explorer Jaume Ferrer sets sail to find the legendary 'river of gold' along the West African coast (disappears without trace)

Victory 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

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)