March 1340 in history

Born in March 1340

Mar 6 John of Gaunt 1st Duke of Lancaster a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called "John of Gaunt" because he was born in Ghent, then rendered in English as Gaunt. When he became unpopular later in life, scurrilous rumours and lampoons circulated that he was actually the son of a Ghent butcher, perhaps because Edward III was not present at the birth. This story always drove him to fury

Died in March 1340

Mar 31 Ivan I of Moscow Prince of Moscow from 1325 and Grand Prince of Vladimir from 1328.