On This Day

What Happened in August 1485

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Henry Tudor's army sails to England (future Henry VII)
  • Aug 7 Henry Tudor's (Henry VII to be) army lands in Milford Haven, South Wales

Victory in Battle

Aug 22 Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor's forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle in the Wars of the Roses. Richard is killed, the last English monarch to die in battle.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 22 Beatus Rhenanus [Beatus Birt], German humanist, classical scholar and friend of Erasmus (Beatus Rhenanus Library), born in Sélestat, Alsace (d. 1547)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince

Richard III

Aug 22 Richard III, King of England (1483-85), killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field at 32