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Historical Events in 1281

  • Feb 22 Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV

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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

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • May 27 Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge

Historic PublicationLetter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese Emperor

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
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A 1266 letter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese emperor threatening use of force
A 1266 letter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese emperor threatening use of force