What Happened in June 1740

Historical Events

  • Jun 22 King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture and guarantees religion & freedom of the press

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestMarquis de Sade

Jun 2 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine). The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name., born in Paris, France

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • Jun 8 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, born in Quinzano d'Oglio, Italy (d. 1809)
  • Jun 11 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • Jun 18 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor
  • Jun 21 Hendrik van Wijn, Dutch histrorian and archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1831)

Famous Deaths

  • 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)