Events in year of 1740

  • 02-03Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
  • 06-22King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture and guarantees religion and freedom of the press
  • 07-11Czarina Anne of Little Russia, expels Jews
  • 07-11Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Czarina Anne
  • 07-17Prospero Lambertini chosen Pope Benedictus XIV
  • 08-13Hunger strike in Rotterdam
  • 10-08Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
  • 10-09Netherlands Governor-General Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia
  • 10-17Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia
  • 10-20Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia
  • 12-16Prussian Libya falls to Silezie

People born in year of 1740

  • 02-03Guillaume Lasceux: Composer
  • 02-07Adam-Philippe Custine: French Earl / General / MP
  • 02-12Matej Sojka: Composer
  • 02-15Ernst Eichner: Composer
  • 02-16Giambattista Bodoni: Saluzzo, Italy -- Printer / typeface designer (Bodoni)
  • 02-17Horace B de Saussure: Switzerland -- Physicist / geologist
  • 03-06Giovanni Meli: Siclian poet (Buccolica)
  • 03-19Johann Georg Roser: Composer
  • 03-19Joseph F Weigl: Violin Cellist
  • 03-24John Antes: Composer
  • 04-02Armand-Gaston Camus: French CEO (Council of 500)
  • 04-04Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen: Composer
  • 04-18Francis Baring: Banker / Merchant
  • 05-02Elias Boudinot: Lawyer / patriot, founder American Biblical Society
  • 05-09Giovanni Paisiello: Italian composer (Barber of Seville)
  • 06-08Gabriele Mario Piozzi: Composer
  • 06-11Luigi Gatti: Composer
  • 06-18Karel van Poucke: Flemish sculptor
  • 06-21Hendrik van Wijn: Dutch archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief)
  • 08-10Samuel Arnold: Composer
  • 08-14Pius VII [Luigi B Chiaramonti]: Bishop of Imola / Pope (1800-23)
  • 08-15M Claudius: Writer
  • 08-23Ivan VI: Emperor of Russia 1740-41)
  • 08-26Joseph Montgolfier: France -- Aeronaut (ballooning)
  • 10-08Michel-Julien Mathieu: Composer
  • 10-14Joannes Siberg: Dutch Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies (1801-05)
  • 10-20Belle van Zuylen: Netherlands -- Swiss writer (Three Women)
  • 10-26Ernest Louis Muller: Composer
  • 10-31William Paca: US judge / signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 11-24John Bacon: English sculptor

People died in year of 1740

  • 01-02Johann Georg Weichenberger: Composer, dies at 63
  • 01-05Antonio Lotti: Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 02-08Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini]: Blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87
  • 02-09Vincenz Lubeck: Composer, dies at 85
  • 04-23Thomas Tickell: Poet
  • 05-31Frederick-William I: King of Prussia (1713-1740), dies at 51
  • 07-19Francois van Aerssen: Dutch Vice-Admiral (Suriname), dies at 71
  • 10-20Karl VI: German Emperor (1711-40)
  • 12-26Mauritius Louis II Earl of Nassau: Lieutenant General (12 children)

Events in year of 1741

  • 02-13Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)
  • 03-04English fleet under Admiral Ogle reaches Cartagena
  • 03-09English fleet under Admiral Ogle begins assault on Cartagena
  • 04-10Prussians defeat Austrians at Mollwitz
  • 04-13Dutch people protest bad quality of bread
  • 04-13Royal Military Academy forms at Woolwich
  • 05-08France and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
  • 05-28Spain and Bavaria sign treaty
  • 06-04Prussia goes to the Covenant of Nymphenburg
  • 06-15Captain Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
  • 06-30Pope Benedict XIV encyclical forbidding traffic in alms
  • 07-28Captain Bering discovers Mount St. Elias, Alaska
  • 08-15French troops attack the Rhine
  • 08-20Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering
  • 09-11Queen Maria Theresa addresses Hungarian Parliament
  • 09-14George Frederick Handel finishes "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days
  • 11-26French and Beiers army occupies Prague
  • 12-07Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
  • 12-25Astronomer Anders Celcius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
  • 12-27Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia

People born in year of 1741

  • 02-08Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry: Composer
  • 02-09Henri-Joseph Rigel: Composer
  • 02-10Franz Adam Veichtner: Composer
  • 03-13Jozef II: Archduke of Austria / RC German Emperor (1765-90)
  • 03-28Johann Andre: Composer
  • 04-08Jose B da Gama: Portuguese poet (O Uraguai)
  • 04-15Charles Willson Peale: United States -- Port painter / inventor (George Washington)
  • 04-17Johann Gottlieb Naumann: Composer
  • 04-17Samuel Chase: Judge (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 05-10Johann Michael Schmidt: Composer
  • 05-23Andrea Lucchesi: Composer
  • 05-29Johann Gottfried Krebs: Composer
  • 06-19Reinier Vinkeles: Dutch engraver / art collector
  • 06-22Alois Luigi Tomasini: Composer
  • 07-27Francois-Hippolyte Barthelemon: Composer
  • 08-15Thomas Norris: Composer
  • 08-31Johann Paul Aegidius Martini: Composer
  • 09-11Johann J Angel: German author (Herr Lorenz Stark)
  • 09-22Peter S Pallas: German geologist / zoologist (Siberia / Krim)
  • 09-25Vaclav Pichl: Composer
  • 10-30Angelica Kauffmann: Switzerland -- Painter
  • 11-02Joan Derk van Capellen: Leader of the Netherlands Democratic Patriots
  • 11-15Johann C Lavater: Switzerland -- Vicar / philosopher
  • 11-25Johann Christian Frischmuth: Composer
  • 11-27Jean-Pierre Duport: Composer
  • 12-08Maximilian JLP Gardel: French dancer / choreographer (Menuet Reine)
  • 12-10Agatha "Aagje" Deken: Dutch writer (For the Elderly & Children)
  • 12-30Bartolomeo Giacometti: Composer

People died in year of 1741

  • 02-13Johann Joseph Fux: Austrian Composer / music theorist, dies at about 80
  • 03-31Peter Burmannus [Peter Burman]: Dutch attorney / classicist, dies at 72
  • 06-22Joseph-Hector Fiocco: Composer, dies at 38
  • 07-28Antonio Lucio Vivaldi: Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 07-30Wierich PL count von Daun: Governor-General of Austria and Netherlands
  • 11-20Melchior de Polignac: French diplomat / clergyman
  • 12-19Vitus J Bering: Dutch navigator / explorer