On This Day

What Happened in 1440

Historical Events in 1440

  • Feb 21 The Prussian Confederation is formed.
  • Apr 9 Christopher of Bavaria is appointed King of Denmark (1440-48)
  • Sep 13 Gilles de Rais is finally taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.

Famous People Who Died in 1440

  • Mar 9 St Frances of Rome, Italian nun (b. 1384)
  • Sep 21 Frederick I van Hohenzollern, Monarch of 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