Three Forties Decades

Can you name the things related to events of the 1740s, 1840s and 1940s?

August 17, 1740Benedict XIV succeeds Clement XII in this office.
July 28, 1741This Italian composer of the Four Seasons concertos dies.
April 13, 1742His Messiah is first performed.
September 13, 1743Britain, Austria, and Sardinia sign this treaty that looks like it involves slimy legless creatures.
March 1, 1744An extremely bright one of these reaches perihelion.
October 19, 1745This author of Gulliver's Travels dies in Dublin.
October 28, 1746A massive earthquake nearly destroys this Peruvian capital.
June 9, 1747Emperor Momozono ascends to this nation's throne.
March 25, 1748A fire in this city causes over one million pounds of damage.
January 3, 1749Berlingske, this country's oldest continuously published newspaper, debuts.
February 10, 1840She marries Prince Albert.
April 4, 1841He becomes the first U.S. president to die in office and still holds the record for shortest term in office.
August 29, 1842Britain and China sign the Treaty of Nanking, with Britain to acquire this colony.
November 25, 1843This Italian volcano erupts, killing 69 people in Bronte.
February 28, 1844Two U.S. Cabinet officials are among six killed when the ship's gun explodes during a demonstration on this river.
May 1845The Boston Anti-Slavery Society publishes his autobiography.
August 3, 1846This future president is elected Illinois' only Whig congressman.
December 14, 1847No Charlotte, but these other two sisters publish Wuthering Heights and Agnes Gray under pseudonyms.
March 13, 1848This Austrian architect of the Congress of Vienna resigns as Foreign Minister.
Late 1849She escapes from slavery and will later rescue about 70 slaves on the Underground Railroad.
February 29, 1940She wins the Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
September 28, 1941This Red Sox slugger lifts his batting average from .3996 to .4057 on the season's final day.
June 4-7, 1942Japan loses all four fleet carriers and over 3,000 men in this Pacific theatre battle.
July 25, 1943This Italian fascist leader is dismissed as prime minister and jailed.
June 6, 1944One of the two beaches where the First United States Army lands in Normandy.
August 9, 1945This Japanese city becomes the second and so far last city attacked with nuclear weapons.
October 15, 1946This Nazi Luftwaffe commander commits suicide.
August 15, 1947This South Asian nation gains its independence.
November 2, 1948Thomas Dewey notably does not defeat this sitting U.S. president.
December 10, 1949This Chinese general leaves the mainland for the final time.
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