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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 and Greenland) and Sweden (including Finland).
- 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)
- June 29 – King John II of Aragon (d. 1479)
- 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.