1740 in History – What happened in year 1740

In history, year 1740 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1740.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1740:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
08 aprilWar of the Austrian Succession-The Royal Navy captured the Spanish ship of the line Princesa and mustered her into British service.
26 juneWar of Jenkins' Ear-A Spanish column of 300 regular troops,free black militia and Indian auxiliaries stormed Britain'sstrategically crucial position of Fort Mose in Spanish Florida.
20 octoberUnder the terms of the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, MariaTheresa assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria.
22 octoberA two-week massacre of ethnic Chinese in Batavia, Dutch EastIndies, came to an end with at least 10,000 people killed.
20 OctoberMaria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia.
28 AprilMaratha ruler Peshwa Bajirao I passed away.
03 FebruaryKing Charles de Bourbon of Naples invited the Jews to return to Sicily.
08 AprilWars of the Austrian Succession: The Royal Navy captured a Spanish ship off the line of Princesa outside Cap Finister and put it into British service.
31 MayFrederick II came to power in Persia after the death of his father, Frederick William I.
22 JuneKing Frederick II of Persia endured tyranny and guaranteed freedom of the press.
17 JulyProspero Lambertini was elected the fourteenth pope.
09 OctoberDutch Governor General Adrienne Valkenier allowed the killing of 8,000 Chinese residents of Batavia.
06 NovemberSamuel Richardson's popular and influential magazine Pamela or the Virtue Award book was published in London.
16 DecemberFrederick II of Persia invaded the succession of Austria to start the war and the Habsburg occupation of Silesia.


Famous birthdays in the year 1740:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 MayElias Boudinot / Politician / United States of America
02 JuneMarquis de Sade / Politician / France
02 AugustJean Baptiste Camille Canclaux / General / France
02 March Nicholas Pocock / Painter / United Kingdom
04 February Carl Michael Bellman / Poet / Sweden
07 SeptemberJohan Tobias Sergel / Sculptor / Sweden
07 MayNikolai Arkharov / Police Officer / Russia
09 MayGiovanni Paisiello / Educator / Italy
10 AugustSamuel Arnold / Composer / United Kingdom
12 SeptemberJohann Heinrich Jung / Author / Germany
15 AugustMatthias Claudius / Poet / Germany
16 February Giambattista Bodoni / Publisher / Italy
17 February Horace-Bénédict de Saussure / Physicist / Switzerland
18 AprilSir Francis Baring / Politician / United Kingdom
20 DecemberArthur Lee / Physician / United States of America
20 OctoberIsabelle de Charrière / Poet / Netherlands
22 January Noah Phelps / Lawyer / United States of America
27 JulyJeanne Baré / Explorer / France
29 OctoberJames Boswell / Author / Scotland
31 March Panoutsos Notaras / Politician / Greece

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