On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1840

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)

  • William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)
1840 Highlights

About February 29, 1840

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 180 years, 9 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Pisces