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1348 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 25 Friuli Earthquake in |European southern Alps measuring approximately 6.9, largely destroys Villach, killing 5,000
  • Apr 7 Prague University, first university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 The Order of Garter founded by English King Edward III, Britain's highest civic or military honor

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III

Historic DiscoveryBlack Death

May 8 Ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset

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Medieval painting from 1353 showing the citizens of Tournai (today in Belgium) burying victims of the Black Death
Medieval painting from 1353 showing the citizens of Tournai (today in Belgium) burying victims of the Black Death
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  • Jul 6 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection
  • Sep 21 Jews in Zurich, Switzerland, are accused of poisoning wells
  • Nov 1 The Black Death reaches London on or about this date
  • Nov 15 Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 11 Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor, born in Constantinople, Byzantine Empire (d. 1385)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 6 Petrarch's Laura, dies of plague
  • Jul 7 John Andreae, Italian canonist, dies
  • Sep 2 Joan, Princess of England, daughter of Edward III, dies of the plague at 15 in Bordeaux on her way to marry Prince Pedro of Spain
  • Nov 20 Stefano Colonna, Roman senator, dies in battle against Roman revolutionaries by Porta Tiburtina
  • Dec 2 Emperor Hanazono, 95th Emperor of Japan, dies at 51