On This Day

Historical Events in 1461

  • Feb 17 Wars of the Roses: Second Battle of St Albans - Lancastrian army defeats Yorkists and recaptures King Henry VI

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Mar 29 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton - Duke Edward of York defeats the Lancastrian army, deposes King Henry VI and Queen Margaret of Anjou and proclaims himself as King Edward IV

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
King of England Edward IV
King of England
Edward IV

CrownRoyal Coronation

Jun 28 Edward IV crowned king of England

King of England Edward IV
King of England
Edward IV
  • Aug 7 Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor
  • Aug 10 Alfonso ed Espina, bishop of Osma urges for an Inquisition in Spain
  • Aug 15 Empire of Trebizond surrenders to forces of Sultan Mehmet II - last Byzantine Empire remnant to fall. Emperor David exiled and later murdered.

CrownRoyal Coronation

Aug 15 Louis XI is crowned King of France at Reims cathedral after the death of his father Charles VII

King of France Louis XI
King of France
Louis XI
  • Nov 20 Astronomer Regiomontanus returns with Cardinal Basilios Bessarion's to his house in Rome, home to one of largest libraries in Europe