On This Day

Historical Events in February 1840

  • Feb 1 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated

Treaty of Waitangi

Feb 6 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

  • Feb 11 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 12 Housatonic Railroad opens, running from Bridgeport, Connecticut, north to the Massachusetts state line

Historic Discovery

Feb 16 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica