On This Day

What Happened in 1279

Historical Events

  • Oct 12 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon
  • Dec 12 Discovery of a sarcophagus supposedly containing the body of Mary Magdalene in the crypt of the church of Saint-Maximin, southeastern France

World Leaders in 1279

Famous People Who Died in 1279

  • Feb 16 Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), dies at 68
  • Mar 19 Emperor Bing of Song China (b. 1271)
  • Apr 14 Boleslaw the Pious, Polish duke dies
  • Sep 10 Robert Kilwardby [Anglicus], English Archbishop of Canterbury (1272-78), philosopher and Cardinal, dies (b. 1215)
  • Dec 7 BolesÅ‚aw V the Chaste, High Duke of Poland (1243-79), dies at 53