What Happened in October 1740

Historical Events

  • Oct 8 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
  • Oct 9 Dutch governor general Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8,000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia
  • Oct 17 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia
  • Oct 20 Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia
  • Oct 28 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia [OS=Oct 17]

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 8 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
  • Oct 14 Joannes Siberg, Dutch governor-general of Neth Indies (1801-05)
  • Oct 20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • Oct 26 Ernest Louis Muller, composer
  • Oct 29 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • Oct 31 William Paca, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Johann Philipp Baratier, German scholar (b. 1721)
  • Oct 20 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  • Oct 28 Anna Ivanova Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47