March 1840 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Adolphe Thiers becomes prime minister of France.
  • Mar 14 Jose Zorilla's "El Zapatero y el Rey" premieres in Madrid
  • Mar 23 Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 5 Constance Fenimore Woolson, NH, writer (Jupiter Lights)
  • Mar 11 Edmund Kirby Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Mar 16 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (d. 1931)
  • Mar 18 William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901)
  • Mar 20 Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
  • Mar 25 Myles Keogh, U.S. Soldier in U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment & Irish Soldier of Fortune (d. 1876)
  • Mar 26 George Smith, Archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform (script)), born in London, England
  • Mar 28 Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer/governor (Equatoria)
  • Mar 31 John Herbert Kelly, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Mar 31 Benjamin Baker, Frome Somerset, English Engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 √Čtienne Bobillier, French mathematician (b. 1798)
  • Mar 23 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • Mar 30 George (Beau) Brummell, Dandy, dies