|Centuries:||7th century – 8th century – 9th century|
|Decades:||710s 720s 730s – 740s – 750s 760s 770s|
|Years:||738 739 740 – 741 – 742 743 744|
|741 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1494|
|Chinese calendar||庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
3437 or 3377
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辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
3438 or 3378
|- Vikram Samvat||797–798|
|- Shaka Samvat||662–663|
|- Kali Yuga||3841–3842|
|Japanese calendar||Tenpyō 13
|Minguo calendar||1171 before ROC
|Seleucid era||1052/1053 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1283–1284|
Year 741 (DCCXLI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 741 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.
- June 18 – Emperor Leo III ("the Isaurian") dies of dropsy at Constantinople after a 24-year reign that has saved the Byzantine Empire and delivered Eastern Europe from the threat of an Arab conquest. He is succeeded by his son Constantine V, who invades Syria, but has to withdrew to deal with a civil war in Asia Minor.
- Artabasdos, Byzantine general (strategos) of the Armeniac theme, defeats Constantine V and advances on Constantinople where he is crowned emperor. He secures the support of the themes of Thrace and Opsikion, and abandons Leo's religious policy of iconoclasm. Constantine seeks the support of the Anatolic theme.
- October 22 – Charles Martel, Merovingian mayor of the palace, dies in his palace at Quirzy-sur-Oise (modern-day Picardy). His territories are divided between his adult sons Carloman and Pepin the Short, although the Frankish Kingdom has had no true king since the death of Theuderic IV (see 737). Lands to the east, including Austrasia and Alemannia (with Bavaria as a vassal) have gone to Carloman, while Pepin receives Neustria and Burgundy (with Aquitaine as a vassal). Grifo, youngest son of Charles, succeeds him as mayor of the palace, and probably receives a strip of land between Neustria en Austrasia.
- Pepin the Short marries Bertrada of Laon, daughter of count Charibert of Laon.
- In 741 and 744, documents in the archives of St. Gallen Abbey describe the village of Kempraten as Centoprato, another document in 863 as Centiprata, inspired by the Latin name Centum Prata.
- A nunnery given by the Alamannic noblewoman Beata on Lützelau island is first mentioned. In 744, the nunnery is sold to Einsiedeln Abbey.
- Ufenau island in Switzerland is first mentioned in 741 as "Hupinauia", and in 744 as "Ubinauvia" — island of Huppan of Huphan.
- The Great Berber Revolt: Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik appoints Kulthum ibn Iyad al-Qasi as governor (wali) of Ifriqiya (North Africa). A fourth expedition is sent from Syria by the Umayyad Caliphate to crush the rebellion in the Atlas region, but is defeated at the Battle of Bagdoura in the plain of the Ghrab (modern Morocco). The counter-attack of the Kharijite rebels to the East is successful but fails to conquer Kairouan from the loyalists. A more radical branch of the Tunisian Kharijites, the Sufrists, however manages to take the city soon after.
- November 28 – Pope Gregory III dies at Rome after a 10-year reign. He is succeeded by Zachary as the 91st pope of the Catholic Church.
- The York Minster Church is destroyed in a fire. It is later rebuilt as a more impressive structure containing thirty altars.
- Japanese authorities decree that Buddhist temples should be established throughout the country (approximate date).
- October 22 – Charles Martel, Frankish statesman
- Habib ibn Abi Obeida al-Fihri, Arab general
- Hedan II, duke of Thuringia (approximate date)
- Kulthum ibn Iyad al-Qasi, Arab governor
- June 18 – Leo III, emperor of the Byzantine Empire
- November 28 – Pope Gregory III
- Theodoald, mayor of the palace of Austrasia