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This article is about the year 1397.
|Centuries:||13th century – 14th century – 15th century|
|Decades:||1360s 1370s 1380s – 1390s – 1400s 1410s 1420s|
|Years:||1394 1395 1396 – 1397 – 1398 1399 1400|
|1397 by topic|
|State leaders - Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births - Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Art and literature|
|1397 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||2150|
|English Regnal year||20 Ric. 2 – 21 Ric. 2|
|Chinese calendar||丙子年 (Fire Rat)
4093 or 4033
— to —
丁丑年 (Fire Ox)
4094 or 4034
|- Vikram Samvat||1453–1454|
|- Shaka Samvat||1319–1320|
|- Kali Yuga||4498–4499|
|Japanese calendar||Ōei 4
|Minguo calendar||515 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||1939–1940|
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- February 10 – John Beaufort becomes Earl of Somerset.
- June 6 – Richard Whittington is nominated as Lord Mayor of London for the first time.
- July 20 – Queen Margaret forms the Kalmar Union, uniting the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands) and Sweden (including Finland with the Åland Islands).
- September 29
- November 8 – Thomas Arundel, accused of high treason by King Richard II of England, is replaced by Roger Walden as Archbishop of Canterbury.
- The Ottomans capture the Vidin Empire, the only remaining independent Bulgarian state. Emperor Ivan Sratsimir of Vidin is taken prisoner and later disappears.
- Richard II of England attempts to reassert authority over his kingdom by arresting members of a group of powerful barons known as the Lords Appellant.
- Temur Qutlugh is crowned as the Khan of Golden Horde with the help of general Edigu, although Edigu continues to hold the real power.
- Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery is founded in north-west Russia.
- Sretensky Monastery is founded in Moscow.
- Establishment of the Università, a form of local government, in Malta.
- Creation of the first hospital of al-Andalus, in Granada.
- February 21 – Isabella of Portugal (d. 1471)
- May 6 – Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1450)
- August 10 – Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1439)
- November 15 – Pope Nicholas V (d. 1455)
- date unknown
- January 11 – Skirgaila, former Grand Duke of Lithuania
- February 18 – Enguerrand VII, Lord of Coucy (b. 1340)
- April 25 – Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent (b. 1350)
- June 3 – William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (b. 1328)
- June 16 – Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
- September 2 – Francesco Landini, Italian composer
- September 15 – Adam Easton, Catholic cardinal
- September 21 – Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346)
- "Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts _ Hospitals". Retrieved 8 November 2011.