On This Day

What Happened in October 1740

Historical Events

  • Oct 8 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
  • Oct 9 Dutch governor general Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8,000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the 'Great Awakening'

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 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]

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 8 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
  • Oct 14 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1817)
  • Oct 20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • Oct 26 Ernest Louis Muller, Polish composer and flautist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1811)
  • Oct 29 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • Oct 31 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Abingdon, Maryland (d. 1799)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Johann Philipp Baratier, German scholar (b. 1721)

Person of interestCharles VI

Oct 20 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1711-40), dies after falling ill on a hunting trip at 55

Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles VI
  • Oct 28 Anna Ivanova Romanova, Empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47