On This Day

What Happened in 1740

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
  • Mar 25 Construction begins on evangelist George Whitefield's Bethesda Orphanage in Georgia
  • Jun 22 King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture and guarantees religion & freedom of the press
  • Jul 11 Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Tsarina Anne
  • Jul 17 Prospero Lambertini chosen Pope Benedictus XIV
  • Aug 13 Hunger strike in Rotterdam
  • Oct 8 Chinese assault on Diestpoort, Batavia
  • Oct 9 Dutch governor general Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8,000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia
  • Oct 12 English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the 'Great Awakening'
  • Oct 17 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia
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