On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1740

Historical Events

  • Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia

Famous Birthdays

  • Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestCharles VI

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

1740 Highlights

About October 20, 1740

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 280 years
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Libra