Birthdays in History in January 1840

  • Jan 3 Father Joseph Damien de Veuster, Belgium, helped lepers in Hawaii
  • Jan 5 John Doby Kennedy, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • Jan 10 Louis Nazaire B├ęgin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal (d. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer
  • Jan 21 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university
  • Jan 22 Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
  • Jan 23 Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)