1844 - The last pair of Great Auks is killed.
The Great Auk is an extinct bird. It is classified as the only species in the genus Pinguinus. It was also known as garefowl, from the Old Norse geirfugl, or penguin (see etymology below). At about 75 centimetres or 30-34 inches, the flightless Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was the largest of the auks.