On This Day

What Happened in 685 AD

Historical Events

  • Mar 26 Cuthbert (later Saint Cuthbert) is consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne by Archbishop Theodore at York
  • May 8 St Benedict II's as Catholic Pope ends after 11 months with his death
  • May 20 Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts led by Brude MacBeli beat Northumbrians led by their king Ecgfrith in Scotland
  • Jul 23 John V begins his reign as Catholic Pope

Famous People Who Died in 685 AD

  • May 7 Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
  • May 8 Benedict II, Italian Pope (683-85), dies and is buried in St Peter's
  • May 20 King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)