In the year AD 1334...

  • The earliest known cases of the Black Death to appear in the historical record occur in what is now the Chinese province of Hubei. The plague would later spread across Eurasia and kill 1/3 of Europe by 1350.
  • With his supporters having overthrown the Kamakura Shogunate the year before, Japanese emperor Go-Daigo triumphantly returns to Japan from his exile on the island of Oki, innaugurating the "Kemmu Restoration" by becoming the first Japanese emperor in several centuries to actually rule as well as merely reign.
  • The Nogai Horde, a Mongol horde, conquers much of what is now the Ukraine.
  • Serbian emperor Stephen Dushan conquers much of Macedonia from the weakening Byzantine Empire, capturing the towns of Ohrid, Prilep, Kastoria, Strumica, and Voden.
  • With the support of English king Edward III, Scottish lord and would-be king Edward Baliol defeats the forces of legitimate Scottish king David II at the Battle of Halidon Hill. Baliol then demonstrates his gratitude to Edward by signing the Treaty of Newcastle upon Tyne declaring his fealty to Edward III as his overlord and ceding eight Scottish counties to the English crown.
  • King Philip VI of France declares himself "Champion of Scotland" and provides refuge to fleeing Scottish king David II, enraging English king Edward III, in an incident that would contribute to the start of the Hundred Years War three years later.
  • The Jews in Poland catch a break when King Casimir III passes a law prohibiting the kidnapping of Jewish children for the purpose of enforced Christian baptism and inflicting heavy punishment for the desecration of Jewish cemeteries.
  • Construction work begins on Giotto's Bell Tower in Florence.

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1333 - 1334 - 1335

14th century

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