On This Day

October 1740 in History

Events in History

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

Historic Event

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 becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia
  • Oct 28 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia [OS=Oct 17]

Birthdays in History

  • 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 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)

Deaths in History

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

Charles VI

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

  • Oct 28 Anna Ivanova Romanova, Empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47