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1377 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 17 Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon
  • Feb 3 Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI
  • May 22 Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England

King of England Richard II
King of England
Richard II
  • Jun 29 French raid at Rye, England
  • Jun 30 Foundation stone laid for Ulm Minster, in Ulm, Germany. Will not be completed until 1890, when it becomes the tallest church in the world.

Historic DiscoveryBlack Death

Jul 27 First example of quarantine in Rugusa (now Dubroknik); city council passes law saying newcomers from plague areas must isolation for 30 days (later 40 days, quaranta in Italian)

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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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Birthdays in History

  • Feb 11 King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
  • Aug 1 Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan, 100th Emperor of Japan (d. 1433)
  • Aug 20 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1447)
  • Sep 19 Albert IV, Duke of Austria, born in Vienna (d. 1404)
  • Dec 5 Jianwen, 2nd Emperor of the Ming Empire (1398-1402), born in China (d. 1402)

Deaths in History


Person of interestEdward III

Jun 21 Edward III, King of England (1327-77) noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority, dies at 64

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • Dec 1 King Magnus II of Sweden (b. 1316)