1253 in History

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Events in History

  • Apr 28 -May 7th) Utrecht destroyed by fire
  • Apr 28 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.
  • Jul 1 Battle at Westkapelle-Floris the Guardian beats Gwijde van Dampierre
  • Jul 6 Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania.
  • Jul 23 Jews are expelled from Vienne France by order of Pope Innocent IV
  • Aug 9 Clare of Assisi's rules confirmed by Pope Innocent IV for Clare's Order of Poor Ladies

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 17 Ivo of Kermartin, Catholic saint, patron of Brittany (d. 1303)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 22 Elias van Cortona, Italian general (1232-39), dies at about 53
  • Jul 8 Thibaud IV, poet/count of Champagne/King of Navarra, dies
  • Aug 11 Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194) and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares)
  • Sep 22 Dogen Kigen, 1st Zen patriarch of Japanese Soto line, dies at 53
  • Oct 9 Robert Grosseteste, English scientist, scholastic philosopher, theologian and Bishop of Lincoln, dies at around 78
  • Nov 29 Otto II Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1206)