What Happened in 1240

Historical Events

  • Jul 15 A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva
  • Oct 18 Ukrainian city of Chernigov surrenders, despite this still sacked and pillaged by Mongolian army of Batu
  • Dec 6 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

Famous People Born in 1240

  • Sep 29 Margaret of England, Queen consort of Scotland, (d. 1275)

Famous People Who Died in 1240

  • Jan 29 Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. va. 1165)
  • Apr 11 Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
  • May 1 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • Jul 24 Konrad von Thüringen, fifth Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
  • Nov 16 Saint Edmund of Abingdon, English bishop (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1233-40), dies

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