On This Day

What Happened in May 685 AD

Historical Events

  • May 8 St Benedict II's reign as Catholic Pope ends after 11 months, upon his death
  • May 20 Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts led by Brude MacBeli beat Northumbrians led by their king Ecgfrith in Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
  • May 8 Pope Benedict II, Roman cleric (Catholic Pope, 683-85), dies at 50
  • May 20 King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)