January 1840 in history

January 1840 events chronologically

Jan 13 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives
Jan 19 Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States
Jan 21 Jules Dumont d'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1840

Jan 3 Father Damien a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He won recognition for his ministry in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi to people with leprosy , who had been placed under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokaʻi
Jan 10 Louis-Nazaire Bégin a Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Quebec from 1898 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1914
Jan 12 Francis M. Lyman a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the President of the Quorum from 1903 until his death
Jan 14 Hilarión Daza President of Bolivia from 1876 to 1879.
Jan 18 Alfred Percy Sinnett an English author and theosophist.
Jan 18 Henry Austin Dobson an English poet and essayist.
Jan 23 Ernst Abbe a German physicist, optical scientist, entrepreneur, and social reformer. Together with Otto Schott and Carl Zeiss, he laid the foundation of modern optics. Abbe developed numerous optical instruments. He was a co-owner of Carl Zeiss AG, a German manufacturer of research microscopes, astronomical telescopes, planetariums and other optical systems

Died in January 1840

Jan 6 Frances Burney an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now King's Lynn, England, on 13 June 1752, to musical historian Dr Charles Burney and Esther Sleepe Burney. The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing what she called her "scribblings" at the age of ten. In 1793, aged 42, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. Their only son, Alexander, was born in 1794. After a lengthy writing career, and travels that took her to France for more than ten years, she settled in Bath, England, where she died on 6 January 1840
Jan 10 Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom the seventh child and third daughter of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. After marrying the Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg, Frederick VI, she took permanent residence in Germany as landgravine
Jan 16 František Tkadlík a Czech portrait painter and draftsman.
Jan 22 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach a German physician, naturalist, physiologist, and anthropologist. He was one of the first to explore the study of mankind as an aspect of natural history. His teachings in comparative anatomy were applied to the classification of what he called human races, of which he determined there to be five