On This Day

February 1740 in History

Events in History

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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 7 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • Feb 16 Giambattista Bodoni, Saluzzo Italy, printer/typeface designer (Bodoni)
  • Feb 17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist

Deaths in History

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