On This Day

Events in History in 1453

  • Jan 6 Emperor Frederik III becomes archduke of Austria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • 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
  • Jul 23 Battle at Gavere: Philip the Good beats Gentse rebellion
  • Oct 19 French retake Bordeaux following the Battle of Castillon