What Happened in August 1840

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • Aug 18 American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY)
  • Aug 18 French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand
  • Aug 28 Nine Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Aldine Sillman Kieffer, composer
  • Aug 14 Baron Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist
  • Aug 17 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
  • Aug 28 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • Aug 28 Alexander Cameron Sim, Scottish merchant, born in Aberlour, Scotland (d. 1900)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 18 Antony CW Staring, Dutch patriot/poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
  • Aug 24 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 25 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, dies at 44
  • Aug 27 William Kneass, 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40), dies in office