What Happened in September 1840

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (Eros)
  • Sep 3 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • Sep 9 Gentil T Antheunis, Flemish poet/music/composer
  • Sep 14 George Elbridge Whiting, American composer, born in Holliston, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • Sep 21 Murad V, 33rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1904)
  • Sep 26 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, born in Terrebonne, Lower Canada (d. 1923)
  • Sep 27 Alfred Thayer Mahan, American naval officer (Influence of Sea Power), born in West Point, New York (d. 1914)

Person of interestThomas Nast

Sep 27 Thomas Nast, German political cartoonist of late 1800s America, born in Landau, Germany (d. 1902)

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • Sep 28 Sandie [Alexander Swift] Pendleton, American Lieutenant Colonel (Confederate Army), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Baumbach, German writer of student drinking songs, born in Kranichfeld, Germany (d. 1905)
  • Sep 30 Johan Severin Svendsen, composer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 6 Publisher James Gordon Bennett (45) weds Henrietta Agnes Crean in NYC, New York

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • Sep 12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 8 John H van de Palm, theologist/literature/speaker, dies at 77
  • Sep 11 Johannes Hendricus van der Palm, Dutch theologist and Minister of Education, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Franz Pecháček, Austrian-German composer, dies at 47
  • Sep 22 Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, dies at 71
  • Sep 25 Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexandre Macdonald, Duc de Tarente, soldier