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What Happened in 1397

Historical Events in 1397

  • Apr 17 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
  • Jun 17 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden and Norway
  • Jun 24 Sultan Bajezid I releases captured crusaders for ransom
  • Jun 30 Denmark, Norway and Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha

Famous People Born in 1397

  • May 6 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), born in Hanseong, Kingdom of Joseon (d. 1450)
  • Jun 29 John II, King of Aragon and Navarre, born in Medina del Campo, Spain (d. 1479)
  • Aug 5 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • Aug 10 Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1439)
  • Aug 16 Albrecht II von Habsburg, King of Bohemia, Hungary and Germany, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1439)

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Famous People Who Died in 1397

  • Feb 18 Enguerrand VII, French master of Coucy/count of Soissons, dies at 56
  • Jun 3 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader, dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
  • Jun 16 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • Sep 2 Francesco Landini, Italian composer

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