Historical Events in 1066

Coronation of Harold II

Jan 6 Harold II (Harold Godwinson) crowned King of England after the death of his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor

  • Mar 23 18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • Apr 24 Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
  • Sep 20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar
  • Sep 25 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed

Event of Interest

Sep 28 William the Conqueror, then Duke of Normandy, lands at Pevensey Bay in Sussex, beginning the Norman conquest of England

  • Oct 14 Battle of Hastings: William, Duke of Normandy and his Norman army defeat the English forces of Harold II who is killed in the battle
  • Dec 25 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, completing the Norman conquest of England