Mali Empire reaches its height in Africa under King Mansa Musa.
The beginning of the Renaissance in Italy: writers Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio; painter Giotto. Development of Noh drama in Japan. Aztecs establish Tenochtitlán on site of modern Mexico City. Peak of Muslim culture in Spain. Small cannon in use.
Hundred Years' War—English and French kings fight for control of France.
At least 25 million people die in Europe's “Black Death” (bubonic plague).