On This Day

What Happened in 642 AD

Historical Events in 642 AD

  • Aug 5 Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia
  • Sep 17 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria
  • Oct 12 John IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • Nov 24 Theodore I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

Famous People Who Died in 642 AD

  • Feb 28 Oswald, English King of Northumbria and saint, dies in the Battle of Maserfield at about 38
  • Oct 12 Pope John IV, Dalmatian born Pope (640-42), dies