On This Day

What Happened in April 1253

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 22 Elias van Cortona, Italian general (1232-39), dies at ~53