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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1440 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1440
Ab urbe condita 2193
Armenian calendar 889
Assyrian calendar 6190
Balinese saka calendar 1361–1362
Bengali calendar 847
Berber calendar 2390
English Regnal year 18 Hen. 6 – 19 Hen. 6
Buddhist calendar 1984
Burmese calendar 802
Byzantine calendar 6948–6949
Chinese calendar 己未(Earth Goat)
4136 or 4076
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4137 or 4077
Coptic calendar 1156–1157
Discordian calendar 2606
Ethiopian calendar 1432–1433
Hebrew calendar 5200–5201
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1496–1497
 - Shaka Samvat 1361–1362
 - Kali Yuga 4540–4541
Holocene calendar 11440
Igbo calendar 440–441
Iranian calendar 818–819
Islamic calendar 843–844
Japanese calendar Eikyō 12
Javanese calendar 1355–1356
Julian calendar 1440
Korean calendar 3773
Minguo calendar 472 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −28
Thai solar calendar 1982–1983
Tibetan calendar 阴土羊年
(female Earth-Goat)
1566 or 1185 or 413
    — to —
(male Iron-Monkey)
1567 or 1186 or 414

Year 1440 (MCDXL) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



Date unknown

  • Itzcóatl, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan, dies and is succeeded by Moctezuma I (Moctezuma Ilhuicamina).
  • Lorenzo Valla's De falso credita et ementita Constantini Donatione declamatio demonstrates that the Donation of Constantine is a forgery.
  • Eton College is founded by Henry VI of England.
  • Sir Richard Molyneux is appointed constable of Liverpool Castle, in England.
  • The Ming Dynasty government of China begins a decade-long series of issuing harsh edicts towards those who illegally mine silver, the latter known as 'miner bandits' (kuangzei), a trend begun in 1438. The government wants to cap the amount of silver circulating into the market, as more grain taxes are converted into silver taxes. The government establishes community night watches known as 'watches and tithings' (baojia), who ensure that illegal mining activities are brought to a halt. However, these are desperate measures, as illegal silver mining continues to thrive as a dangerous but lucrative venture.
  • Zhu Quan writes the Cha Pu ("Tea manual") in China.




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