1440 in history

1440 events chronologically

Feb 21 The Prussian Confederation is formed
Apr 9 Christopher of Bavaria is appointed King of Denmark
Sep 15 Gilles de Rais, one of the earliest known serial killers, is taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes

Born in 1440

Jan 22 Ivan III of Russia a Grand Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of all Rus. Sometimes referred to as the "gatherer of the Russian lands", he tripled the territory of his state, ended the dominance of the Golden Horde over the Rus, renovated the Moscow Kremlin, and laid the foundations of the Russian state. He was one of the longest-reigning Russian rulers in history
Feb 22 Ladislaus the Posthumous Duke of Austria from 1440, King of Hungary from 1444 and King of Bohemia from 1453.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1440

Feb 14 Dietrich Count of Oldenburg a feudal lord in Northern Germany, holding the counties of Delmenhorst and Oldenburg. He was called "Fortunatus" as he was able to secure Delmenhorst for his branch of the Oldenburgs
Mar 9 Frances of Rome an Italian saint who was a wife, mother, mystic, organizer of charitable services and a Benedictine oblate who founded a religious community of oblates, who share a common life without religious vows.
Mar 20 Sigismund Kęstutaitis the Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1432 to 1440. Sigismund was his baptismal name; Sigismund's pagan Lithuanian birth name is unknown. He was the son of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Kęstutis and his wife Birutė
May 7 Frederick IV Landgrave of Thuringia a member of the House of Wettin and was Margrave of Meissen and Landgrave of Thuringia.
Sep 20 Frederick I Elector of Brandenburg Burgrave of Nuremberg as Frederick VI and Elector of Brandenburg as Frederick He was a son of Burgrave Frederick V of Nuremberg and Elisabeth of Meissen, and was the first member of the House of Hohenzollern to rule the Margraviate of Brandenburg.
Sep 23 Lorenzo the Elder an Italian banker of the House of Medici of Florence, the younger brother of Cosimo de' Medici the Elder and the founder of the so-called dei Popolani line of the family.
Oct 26 Gilles de Rais a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. He is best known for his reputation and later conviction as a presumed serial killer of children