January 1840 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
  • Jan 3 1st deep sea sounding by James Clark Ross in south Atlantic at 2425 fathoms (14,450 feet)
  • Jan 5 Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
  • Jan 10 Penny Post mail system starts
  • Jan 13 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • Jan 18 Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears
  • Jan 20 Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica
  • Jan 20 Dutch King Willem II crowned
  • Jan 22 New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington
  • Jan 25 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes first to identify Antarctica as a new continent

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

Jan 29 First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

Birthdays in History

  • 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 Bégin, 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)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)
  • Jan 22 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (b. 1752)