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 Marīnids 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, Flemish leader and wine salesman, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1382)
  • Nov 30 John, Duke of Berry, French art collector and third son of King John II of France and Bonne of Luxemburg, born in Château de Vincennes, France (d. 1416)

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)