What Happened in 1440

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Historical Events

  • Feb 21 The Prussian Confederation is formed.
  • Apr 9 Christopher of Bavaria is appointed King of Denmark.
  • Sep 13 Gilles de Rais is finally taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 9 St Frances of Rome, Italian nun (b. 1384)
  • Sep 21 Frederik I van Hohenzollern, ruler Brandenburg (1417-40), dies at 68
  • Sep 30 Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician
  • Oct 26 Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
  • Dec 22 Bluebeard, pirate, executed