Historical Events in 1841

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  • Jan 5th James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • Jan 20th China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • Jan 26th Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • Jan 30th A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • Mar 3rd 3rd Grand National: Mr A. Powell aboard Charity wins
  • Mar 4th Dion Boucicault's "London Assurance" premieres in London

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Mar 4th Longest US presidential inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • Mar 5th 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
  • Mar 9th US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free
  • Mar 22nd Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
  • Mar 27th 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC
  • Mar 31st 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B

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Apr 4th Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • Apr 6th Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • Apr 10th New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
  • Apr 14th Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" published
  • Apr 20th 1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
  • Apr 26th "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • Apr 27th Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
  • May 1st First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • May 3rd New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales
  • May 11th Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.
  • Jun 14th 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • Jun 24th Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx
  • Jun 28th The Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premieres the ballet Giselle
  • Jul 3rd John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
  • Jul 5th Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
  • Jul 17th British humorous and satirycal magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002
  • Aug 9th Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • Aug 21st John Hampton patents venetian blind
  • Sep 9th Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300

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Sep 24th British adventurer James Brooke obtains lands around the Sarawak river from the Sultan of Brunei

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • Sep 30th Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
  • Oct 16th Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered
  • Nov 2nd Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
  • Nov 4th First wagon train arrives in California
  • Nov 13th James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis.
  • Nov 16th Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • Nov 25th 35 survivors of the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad return to Africa
  • Nov 26th 1st date in James Clavell's novel Tai-Pan
  • Dec 6th Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres
  • Dec 29th King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • Dec 31st Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons