On This Day

Historical Events in 1453

  • Jan 6 Emperor Frederik III becomes archduke of Austria

Historic Siege

Apr 2 Turkish forces under Sultan Mehmed II begin the siege of Constantinople (─░stanbul), which falls May 29

  • Apr 21 Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople
  • May 29 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Mehmed II; ends the Byzantine Empire
  • May 29 French banker Jacques Coeur's possessions confiscated
  • Jul 4 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
  • Jul 17 Battle of Castillon: French army beats English force under Talbot, turning point of the 100 Years' War

Victory in Battle

Jul 23 Battle at Gavere: Philip the Good beats Gentse rebellion

  • Oct 19 French retake Bordeaux following the Battle of Castillon