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1040 in History

Events in History

  • May 21 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 23 Battle of Dandanaqan: Tughril's Seljuk army defeats Ghaznavid force, near Merv (present-day Turkmenistan), brings about the fall of the Ghaznavid Empire

Founder of the Seljuk Empire Tughril
Founder of the Seljuk Empire
Tughril

EnglandLady Godiva

Jul 10 Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry, according to legend, to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes

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Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
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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
Macbeth

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
  • Jun 21 Fulk the Black, French Count of Anjou, one of the great medieval castle builders (Langeais, Loches)), dies at 69 or 70
  • Aug 14 King Duncan I of Scotland, killed in battle at ca. 39 years
  • Oct 1 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)