On This Day

What Happened in 1401

Historical Events

  • Jul 9 Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane (Timur) destroys Baghdad, killing 20,000

Famous People Born in 1401

  • May 12 Emperor Shōkō (d. 1428)
  • Jul 23 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiero and Duke of Milan (1401–1466), born in San Miniato, Tuscany (d. 1466)
  • Aug 16 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
  • Oct 27 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, born in Paris (d. 1437)
  • Dec 21 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter, born in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (d. 1428)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 19 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
  • May 18 Władysław Opolczyk (German: Ladislaus von Oppel, count palatine of Hungary 1367-1372, governor of Halych-Volhynia 1372 - 1378, count palatine of Poland
  • May 25 Maria, Queen of Sicily and Duchess of Athens & Neopatria, dies at 37