Famous Deaths in 1740

  • Jan 2 Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 5 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • Jan 27 Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (b. 1692)
  • Feb 8 Clement XII, [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 29 Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (b. 1667)
  • Apr 23 Thomas Tickell, poet, dies
  • Apr 25 Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhat, also known as Baji Rao I, a general and Peshwa (b. 1699)
  • May 15 Ephraim Chambers, English encyclopaedist (b. 1680)
  • May 31 Frederick-William I, King of Prussia (1713-1740), dies at 51
  • Jun 1 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (b. 1657)
  • Jun 6 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • Jun 17 Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • Jul 19 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname), dies at 71
  • 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
  • Dec 20 Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)
  • Dec 26 Mauritius Louis II earl of Nassau, lt-gen (12 children), dies