Historical Events in 1840

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  • Jan 1st 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
  • Jan 3rd 1st deep sea sounding by James Clark Ross in south Atlantic at 2425 fathoms (14,450 feet)
  • Jan 5th Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
  • Jan 10th Penny Post mail system starts
  • Jan 13th The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • Jan 18th Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears
  • Jan 20th Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica
  • Jan 20th Dutch King Willem II crowned
  • Jan 22nd New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington
  • Jan 25th American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes first to identify Antarctica as a new continent

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

Jan 29th First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

  • Feb 1st Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • Feb 6th The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.
  • Feb 11th Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 12th Housatonic Railroad opens
  • Feb 16th American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • Mar 1st Adolphe Thiers becomes prime minister of France.
  • Mar 5th 2nd Grand National: Mr Bartholomew Bretherton aboard Jerry wins
  • Mar 14th Jose Zorilla's "El Zapatero y el Rey" premieres in Madrid
  • Mar 23rd Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)
  • Apr 27th Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
  • May 1st "Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued by Great Britain
  • May 6th World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
  • May 7th Tornado strikes Natchez, Miss, kills 317
  • May 8th Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
  • May 20th York Minster badly damaged by fire
  • May 21st Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'
  • May 22nd The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • Jun 12th Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands

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Jun 20th Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • Jul 4th The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.
  • Jul 6th Christian Hebbel's "Judith" premieres in Berlin
  • Jul 15th Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
  • Jul 23rd Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada
  • Aug 1st Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • Aug 18th American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY)
  • Aug 18th French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand
  • Aug 28th Nine Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
  • Oct 7th Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
  • Oct 8th First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • Oct 14th Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
  • Nov 16th New Zealand officially becomes British colony
  • Dec 2nd Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 2nd William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

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Dec 15th Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte