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What Happened in 1281

Historical Events in 1281

  • 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

World Leaders in 1281

  • Kublai KhanKublai Khan
    Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty