What Happened in February 1840

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

Feb 6 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

  • Feb 11 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 12 Housatonic Railroad opens
  • Feb 16 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • Feb 5 Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • Feb 5 John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • Feb 11 Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1884)
  • Feb 13 Georg Jacobi, composer
  • Feb 22 F August Bebel, German social-democrat
  • Feb 23 Carl Menger, Austrian economist
  • Feb 25 Alexis Hollander, composer
  • Feb 25 Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Climax of Theories)
  • Feb 28 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Novelist Alexandre Dumas (37) weds actress Ida Ferrier

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom