On This Day

1240 in History

Events in History

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jul 15 A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva

Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky
Key Figure of Medieval Rus
Alexander Nevsky
  • Dec 6 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 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
  • Nov 16 Ibn al-'Arabi, Muslim mystic and philosopher (The Meccan Revelations), dies at 75