On This Day

What Happened in August 1384

Historical Events

  • Aug 16 Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, hears case of couple who tore money bills while fighting over them (equal to act of destroying stamped government documents - law necessitated 100 floggings). Hongwu Emperor decides to pardon them.

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 20 Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life, dies at 43