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What Happened in 1040

Historical Events in 1040

  • May 21 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
  • Jul 10 Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry, according to legend, to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes
  • Aug 14 King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

Did You Know?

King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

On August 14, 1040


Famous People Born in 1040

  • Feb 22 Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)
  • Jun 27 Ladislaus I, King of Hungary, born in Kingdom of Poland (d. 1095)

Famous People Who Died in 1040

  • Mar 17 Harold Harefoot (Harold I), King of England (1035-40), dies
  • Aug 14 King Duncan I of Scotland, killed in battle at ca. 39 years
  • Oct 1 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)