On This Day

What Happened in May 685 AD

Historical Events

  • May 8 St Benedict II's as Catholic Pope ends after 11 months with his death
  • May 21 Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts beat Northumbrians

Famous Deaths

  • 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)