What Happened in 1340

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Historical Events

  • Jan 26 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France
  • Apr 1 Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
  • Jun 7 Rotterdam Netherlands founded
  • Jun 24 English fleet destroys the French at the battle of Sluys (the Hundred Years War)
  • Sep 25 England & France sign disarmament treaty
  • Oct 30 Battle of Rio Salado Battle (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Mar─źnids invasion of Iberian Peninsula

World Leaders in 1340

Famous People Born in 1340

  • Mar 6 John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (d. 1399)
  • Jul 18 Philip van Artevelde, wine salesman/lord lt of Flanders
  • Nov 30 John duke of Berry, captain of Paris/art collector

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 31 Ivan I of Moscow, Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir (b. 1288)
  • Jun 1 Jan III van Diest, bishop of Utrecht (1322-40), dies
  • Oct 18 Henry Henricus of Friemar, Augustine philosopher, dies
  • Dec 4 Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)