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Notable Birthdays - 1840

1840John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

1840Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Fort Robinson Nebraska, Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn)

1840Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Votkinsk, Russia, composer (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), (d. 1893) [NS]

1840Thomas Nast, Landau Germany, political cartoonist of late 1800s America

1840Auguste Rodin, Meudon, France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), (d. 1917)

1840Claude Monet, Paris, impressionist (Water Lilies), (d. 1926)

1840 Birthdays
Date Event
Jan 1
Marchesa Colombi, Un matrimonio in provincia 
Jan 2
Joseph Allen, The What NOW Caper 
Jan 3
Father Joseph Damien de Veuster, Belgium, helped lepers in Hawaii 
Jan 5
John Doby Kennedy, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896 
Jan 10
Louis Nazaire Bégin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal (d. 1925) 
Jan 18
Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer 
Jan 18
Ernst Rudorff, composer 
Jan 21
Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university 
Jan 22
Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907) 
Jan 22
Wincenty Rapacki Sr., Cud nad Wisla 
Jan 23
Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company) 
Jan 29
Jacob H. Smith, The 17th Infantry, U.S.A. 
Jan 31
William Pittenger, The General 
Feb 2
Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer 
Feb 5
Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle) 
Feb 5
John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire) 
Feb 8
William T. Sampson, Admiral Sampson on Board the Flagship 
Feb 11
Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), died in 1884 
Feb 13
Georg Jacobi, composer 
Feb 17
Charles Warren,  
Feb 22
F August Bebel, German social-democrat 
Feb 23
Carl Menger, Austrian economist 
Feb 25
Alexis Hollander, composer 
Feb 25
Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Climax of Theories) 
Feb 28
Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892) 
Feb 29
John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine 
Mar 5
Constance Fenimore Woolson, NH, writer (Jupiter Lights) 
Mar 8
Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor 
Mar 11
Edmund Kirby Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863 
Mar 13
Antoine Lumière, The Lumière Brothers' First Films 
Mar 16
Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (d. 1931) 
Mar 18
William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901) 
Mar 20
Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894) 
Mar 25
Myles Keogh, U.S. Soldier in U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment & Irish Soldier of Fortune (d. 1876) 
Mar 26
Carli Zoeller, composer 
Mar 26
George Smith, London England, Archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform (script)) 
Mar 28
Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer/governor (Equatoria) 
Mar 31
John Herbert Kelly, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864 
Mar 31
Benjamin Baker, Frome Somerset, English Engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground 
Apr 2
Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902) 
Apr 2
Émile Zola, Thirst 
Apr 11
John Conrad Nordqvist, composer 
Apr 11
Edward Sylvester Ellis, The Break-Out 
Apr 12
Edmond Audran, composer 
Apr 12
Edmond Audran, La mascotte 
Apr 19
Andrea Bezzola, writer 
Apr 21
Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis) 
Apr 22
Odilon Redon, French painter (d. 1916) 
Apr 25
James Dearing, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1865 
Apr 27
Edward Whymper, 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865) 
May 7
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Votkinsk, Russia, composer (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), (d. 1893) [NS] 
May 7
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Black Swan 
May 10
Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian revolutionist (d. 1868) 
May 11
Filippo Capocci, composer 
May 13
L-M Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin of Tarascon) 
May 13
Alphonse Daudet, Letters from My Windmill 
May 24
Frederick Walker, painter 
May 29
Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz) 
Jun 2
Thomas Hardy, England, poet/novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) 
Jun 2
Thomas Hardy, Tess 
Jun 3
Eugeen van Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Morning Twilight) 
Jun 6
John Stainer, composer 
Jun 6
William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers) 
Jun 7
Carlota of Mexico, Brussels, Belgium, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67) 
Jun 9
Akaki Tsereteli, Bashi-Achuki 
Jun 10
Thomas Fentress Toon, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1902 
Jun 10
Theodor Philipsen Danish painter (d. 1920) 
Jun 11
Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter/etser 
Jun 12
Jakub Arbes, Stedrý den bratrí Mánesu 
Jun 16
Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913) 
Jun 22
Ernest Debes, German cartographer (Baedeker) 
Jun 24
Louis Brassin, composer 
Jul 1
Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer 
Jul 4
James McGranahan, composer 
Jul 12
Abraham Goldfaden, Eastern European Yiddish dramatist 
Jul 24
Abraham Goldfaden, Komediantn 
Jul 25
Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution 
Jul 27
Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers) 
Aug 1
Aldine Sillman Kieffer, composer 
Aug 13
Frans Hodell, Andersson, Pettersson och Lundström 
Aug 14
Baron Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist 
Aug 14
Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Libidomania 
Aug 17
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League) 
Aug 28
Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel hymns) 
Aug 28
Alexander Cameron Sim, Scottish merchant (d. 1900) 
Sep 2
Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (Eros) 
Sep 3
Jacob Fabricius, composer 
Sep 9
Gentil T Antheunis, Flemish poet/music/composer 
Sep 14
George Elbridge Whiting, composer 
Sep 21
Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876) 
Sep 26
Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923) 
Sep 27
Alfred Thayer Mahan, US, naval officer (Influence of Sea Power) 
Sep 27
Thomas Nast, Landau Germany, political cartoonist of late 1800s America 
Sep 28
Alexander Swift "Sandie" Pendleton, Lt-Col (Confederate Army) 
Sep 28
Rudolf Baumbach, Thuringia [Germany], writer of student drinking songs 
Sep 30
Johan Severin Svendsen, composer 
Oct 4
Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer 
Oct 5
Fran Gerbic, composer 
Oct 5
John Addington Symonds, Brit historian/writer (Probs in Greek Ethics) 
Oct 9
Simeon Solomon, British artist (d. 1905) 
Oct 12
Helena Modjeska, Poland, Shakespearian actress (Juliet)/anti-Russian 
Oct 15
Honoré Mercier, politician and premier of Quebec (d. 1894) 
Oct 16
Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900) 
Oct 30
Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano 
Oct 30
William G Sumner, US sociologist/political analyst 
Nov 9
Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1898) 
Nov 12
Auguste Rodin, Meudon, France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), (d. 1917) 
Nov 12
Auguste Rodin, Auguste Rodin 
Nov 14
Claude Monet, Paris, impressionist (Water Lilies), (d. 1926) 
Nov 14
Claude Monet, Claude Monet 1840-1926 
Nov 15
Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [NS=11/27] 
Nov 16
Frederick Scotson Clark, composer 
Nov 19
Aleksandr Kovalevsky, Shustyanka near Dvinsk, Russian Biologist who founded comparative embryology and experimental histology and who identified a common pattern of embryological development in all multi-cellular animals 
Nov 21
Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia 
Nov 25
Hugo Verriest, Flemish author/poet (Flemish Movement) 
Nov 27
Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [OS=11/15] 
Nov 30
Henry Birks, Canadian businessman (d. 1928) 
Dec 3
Jules Clarétie, Le petit Jacques 
Dec 4
Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Fort Robinson Nebraska, Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn) 
Dec 7
Hermann Goetz, composer 
Dec 11
Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872) 
Dec 17
Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer 
Dec 21
Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan) 
2
Giovanni Verga, Sparrow 
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