Historical Events in 1840

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

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

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

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

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Jun 20 Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • Jul 4 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 6 Christian Hebbel's "Judith" premieres in Berlin
  • Jul 15 Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
  • Jul 23 Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada
  • Aug 1 Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • Aug 18 American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY)
  • Aug 18 French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand
  • Aug 28 Nine Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
  • Oct 7 Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
  • Oct 8 First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • Oct 14 Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
  • Nov 16 New Zealand officially becomes British colony
  • Dec 2 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 2 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 15 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte