On This Day

1040 in History

Events in History

  • 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

BattleBattle of Interest

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.

King of Scotland Macbeth
King of Scotland

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 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)