On This Day

What Happened in 1281

Historical Events

  • Feb 22 Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV
  • May 21 Kublai Khan's second invasion of Japan begins with an attack on Tsushima Island but meets fierce resistance; his troops are forced to withdraw
  • May 27 Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge
  • Aug 14 During Kublai Khan's second Mongol invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan

Famous People Born in 1281

  • Aug 4 Külüg Khan, Chinese Prince of Huaining, 3rd Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, born in Khanbaliq, Yuan China (d. 1311)

World Leaders in 1281