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What Happened in July 1381

Historical Events


Poll Tax Triggers the Peasants' RevoltPoll Tax Triggers the Peasants' Revolt

Jul 15 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England

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King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.
King Richard addresses the peasants. Wat Tyler lies wounded behind him. Illustration from a medieval manuscript.
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Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 St. Laurence Justinian [Lorenzo Giustiniani], Italian catholic bishop and 1st Patriarch of Venice, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1456)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 15 John Ball, English priest/ideologist of Boer uprising, hanged