Historical Events For Year 1740

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February 20, 1740

The town of Newton is incorporated as Wilmington, North Carolina by the North Carolina General Assembly.
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May 31, 1740

Upon the death of Frederick William I of Prussia, his son Frederick II comes into power.
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July 11, 1740

The expulsion of Jews from Little Russia takes place. Read More

August 1, 1740

The first performance of the song Rule, Britannia! takes place at Cliveden, England. Read More

August 17, 1740

Pope Clement XII is succeeded by Pope Benedict XIV as the 247th pope. Read More

October 9–22, 1740

The massacre of 5,000–10,000 Chinese Indonesians by troops of the Dutch East India Company in Batavia.
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October 20, 1740

The hereditary dominions of the Habsburg Monarchy is inherited by Maria Theresa under the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713.
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November, 1740

The establishment of Hertford College takes place in Oxford. Read More

November 6, 1740

Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson is published for the first time in London. Read More

December 16, 1740

The War of the Austrian Succession begins upon the invasion of the Habsburg possession of Silesia by Frederick II of Prussia.
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