On This Day

October 1840 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 7 Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
  • Oct 8 First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • Oct 8 "Ke Kumukānāwai a me nā Kānāwai o ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina, Honolulu, 1840", the 1st written Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom enacted by King Kamehameha III and Kuhina Nui (Prime Minister) Kekāuluohi
  • Oct 14 Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 5 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), born in Bristol, England (d. 1893)
  • Oct 9 Simeon Solomon, English Pre-Raphaelite painter, born in London, England (d. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Honoré Mercier, Canadian politician and 9th Premier of Quebec (1887-91), born in Saint-Athanase, Lower Canada (d. 1894)
  • Oct 17 Yaa Asantewaa, Ghanaian queen of Ashanti Empire, led fight against British colonialism, born in Besease, Ghana (d. 1921) appropriate date
  • Oct 30 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • Oct 31 Franz Müller, German tailor and first train murderer (killing Thomas Briggs) (d. 1864)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 6 François Budan de Boislaurent, French mathematician, dies at 80