On This Day

What Happened in May 1453

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Mehmed II; ends the Byzantine Empire

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • May 29 French banker Jacques Coeur's possessions confiscated

Famous Deaths

  • May 29 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49