On This Day

1220 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 26 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
  • May 16 English King Henry II lays a foundation stone for a new Westminster Abbey building in London
  • Aug 8 Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula
  • Nov 22 Frederick II crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Honorius III

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (d. 1272)

Person of interestAlexander Nevsky

May 30 Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimir, considered the key figure in medieval Rus (1252-63), born in Pereslavl-Zalessky, Vladimir-Suzdal (now Russia) (d. 1263)

Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky
Key Figure of Medieval Rus
Alexander Nevsky
  • Nov 11 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France, born in Poissy, France (d. 1271)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 15 Adolf I, Archbishop of Cologne, dies at ~63