1438 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1438
Ab urbe condita 2191
Armenian calendar 887
Assyrian calendar 6188
Balinese saka calendar 1359–1360
Bengali calendar 845
Berber calendar 2388
English Regnal year 16 Hen. 6 – 17 Hen. 6
Buddhist calendar 1982
Burmese calendar 800
Byzantine calendar 6946–6947
Chinese calendar 丁巳(Fire Snake)
4134 or 4074
    — to —
戊午年 (Earth Horse)
4135 or 4075
Coptic calendar 1154–1155
Discordian calendar 2604
Ethiopian calendar 1430–1431
Hebrew calendar 5198–5199
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1494–1495
 - Shaka Samvat 1359–1360
 - Kali Yuga 4538–4539
Holocene calendar 11438
Igbo calendar 438–439
Iranian calendar 816–817
Islamic calendar 841–842
Japanese calendar Eikyō 10
Javanese calendar 1353–1354
Julian calendar 1438
Korean calendar 3771
Minguo calendar 474 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −30
Thai solar calendar 1980–1981
Tibetan calendar 阴火蛇年
(female Fire-Snake)
1564 or 1183 or 411
    — to —
(male Earth-Horse)
1565 or 1184 or 412

Year 1438 (MCDXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



Date unknown

  • Pachacuti becomes ruler of the Kingdom of Cusco and begins its expansion into the Inca Empire (Tahuantinsuyu).
  • At 95 years of age, Nang Keo Phimpha becomes queen of Lan Xang for a few months before being deposed and killed.
  • Just two years after the Ming dynasty court of China allowed landowners paying the grain tax to pay their tax in silver instead, the Ming court now decides to close all silver mines and prohibit all private silver mining in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. This is a concerted effort to halt the increase of silver circulating into the market. The illegal mining of silver is now an offense punishable by death; although it becomes a dangerous affair, the high demand for silver also makes it very lucrative, and so many chose to defy the government and continue to mine.




  1. ^ Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7126-5616-0.

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