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Millennium: 2nd millennium
October 9: The Batavia Massacre by the Dutch East India Company of at least 5,000 Chinese Indonesians begins in what is now Jakarta.
1740 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1740
Ab urbe condita2493
Armenian calendar1189
Assyrian calendar6490
Balinese saka calendar1661–1662
Bengali calendar1147
Berber calendar2690
British Regnal year13 Geo. 2 – 14 Geo. 2
Buddhist calendar2284
Burmese calendar1102
Byzantine calendar7248–7249
Chinese calendar己未年 (Earth Goat)
4437 or 4230
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4438 or 4231
Coptic calendar1456–1457
Discordian calendar2906
Ethiopian calendar1732–1733
Hebrew calendar5500–5501
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1796–1797
 - Shaka Samvat1661–1662
 - Kali Yuga4840–4841
Holocene calendar11740
Igbo calendar740–741
Iranian calendar1118–1119
Islamic calendar1152–1153
Japanese calendarGenbun 5
Javanese calendar1664–1665
Julian calendarGregorian minus 11 days
Korean calendar4073
Minguo calendar172 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar272
Thai solar calendar2282–2283
Tibetan calendar阴土羊年
(female Earth-Goat)
1866 or 1485 or 713
    — to —
(male Iron-Monkey)
1867 or 1486 or 714

1740 (MDCCXL) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar, the 1740th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 740th year of the 2nd millennium, the 40th year of the 18th century, and the 1st year of the 1740s decade. As of the start of 1740, the Gregorian calendar was 11 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.






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Marquis de Sade

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Pope Clement XII
Frederick William I, King in Prussia
Saint Theophilus of Corte
Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
Anna, Empress of Russia


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