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1066 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 6 King Harold I of England crowned
  • 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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

King of England Harold II
King of England
Harold II

Declaration of WarNorman Invasion of England

Sep 27 William the Conqueror's troops set sail from Normandy for conquest of England

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William the Conqueror and his army land at Pevensey as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry
William the Conqueror and his army land at Pevensey as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex

King of England and Duke of Normandy William the Conqueror
King of England and Duke of Normandy
William the Conqueror
  • 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

Deaths in History


Person of interestEdward the Confessor

Jan 5 Edward the Confessor, last King of England from the House of Wessex (1042-66), dies at 60-63

King of England Edward the Confessor
King of England
Edward the Confessor
  • Sep 25 Harald III Hardrada, King of Norway (1047-66), dies at the Battle of Stamford Bridge at 51 - his death often considered the end of the Viking Age
  • Sep 25 Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria, killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge

Person of interestHarold II

Oct 14 Harold II, last crowned Anglo-Saxon King of England (1066), dies at the Battle of Hastings, at about 44

King of England Harold II
King of England
Harold II