What Happened in 1740

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
  • 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 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]

World Leaders in 1740

Famous People in 1740

Famous Deaths

  • 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, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
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