What Happened in 1840

Significant Events

  • Jan 25 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
  • Feb 16 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • May 6 World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
  • Jun 20 Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
  • Jul 23 Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada
  • Dec 15 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
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"Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued by Great Britain

On May 1, 1840


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