On This Day

1440 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

Birthdays in History

Person of interestIvan the Great

Jan 22 Ivan III, the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505) who conquered Lithuania, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1505)

Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia Ivan the Great
Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia
Ivan the Great
  • Feb 13 Hartmann Schedel, German physician, humanist and historian, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1514)
  • Feb 22 Ladislaus V Posthumus, King of Hungary/Bohemia

Deaths in History

  • 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