1740 1741 1742 1743 1744
1720s 1730s - 1740s - 1750s 1760s
The 1740s decade ran from January 1, 1740, to December 31, 1749.
Politics and wars
- War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) - a war which involved nearly all the powers of Europe (except for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire).
Prominent political events
Additional significant world-wide events
- Bonnie Prince Charlie captured Edinburgh. This prompted the singing of the original version of God Save the Queen (at the time, it was God Save the King) in England as a rallying cry to defeat Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- Louis XV King of France (king from 1715 to 1774)
- Frederick II (later known as "the great") inherited the throne from his father, he ruled prussia from 1740 to 1786 (as King in Prussia from 1740 to 1772 and as King of Prussia from 1772 until his death in 1786)
- Maria Theresa of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Bohemia and Hungary
- George II King of Great Britain (king from 1727 to 1760)
- Philip V King of Spain (king from 1700 to 1746)
- Ferdinand VI King of Spain (king from 1746 to 1759)
- Afsharid dynasty of Persia
- Shahu 1707–1749
- Balaji Baji Rao1740–1761