1740 in History
February 3 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
June 22 King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture and guarantees religion and freedom of the press
July 11 Czarina Anne of Little Russia, expels Jews
July 11 Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Czarina Anne
July 17 Prospero Lambertini chosen Pope Benedictus XIV
August 13 Hunger strike in Rotterdam
October 8 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
October 9 Netherlands Governor-General Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia
October 17 Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia
October 20 Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia
October 28 Ivan VI becomes czar of Russia
December 16 Prussian Libya falls to Silezie