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1170 in History

Events in History


MurderAssassination

Dec 29 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • Apr 23 Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 13 Albert I of Brandenburg
  • Nov 18 Albrecht I "Bear", 1st margrave of Brandenburg (1150-70), dies at 70
  • Nov 28 Owain Gwynedd, King of Gwynedd (c. 1100)

MurderThomas Becket

Dec 29 Thomas Becket, English Archbishop of Canterbury, assassinated by 4 knights of King Henry II at 52

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket