On This Day

What Happened in August 778 AD

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

Aug 15 Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army is defeated by the Basques

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 15 Roland, Frankish commander, whose death at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass would become basis of 11th Century epic poem "The Song of Roland"