On This Day

What Happened in February 1740

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • Feb 7 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • Feb 12 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in VilĂ©mov (d. 1817)
  • Feb 15 Ernst Eichner, German composer and bassoonist, born in Arolsen (d. 1777)
  • Feb 16 Giambattista Bodoni, Italian printer and typeface designer (Bodoni), born in Saluzzo
  • Feb 17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist

Famous Deaths

  • 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
  • Feb 29 Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal and grandnephew of Pope Alexander VIII, dies at 72