Historical Events in 1740

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Construction begins on evangelist George Whitefield's Bethesda Orphanage in Georgia

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 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 12 English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the 'Great Awakening'
  • 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]

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 5 The third volume of philosopher David Hume's seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" is published by Thomas Longman

Philosopher David Hume
Philosopher
David Hume
  • Dec 16 Prussian Libya falls to Silezie