Historical Events in 1841

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

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

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

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Apr 4 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 6 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • Apr 10 New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
  • Apr 14 Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" published
  • Apr 20 1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
  • Apr 26 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • Apr 27 Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
  • May 1 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • May 3 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales
  • May 11 Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.
  • Jun 14 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • Jun 24 Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx
  • Jun 28 The Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premieres the ballet Giselle
  • Jul 3 John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
  • Jul 5 Thomas Cook opens first travel agency
  • Jul 17 British humorous and satirycal magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002
  • Aug 9 Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • Aug 21 John Hampton patents venetian blind
  • Sep 9 Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300

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Sep 24 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 30 Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
  • Oct 16 Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered
  • Nov 2 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
  • Nov 4 First wagon train arrives in California
  • Nov 13 James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis.
  • Nov 16 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • Nov 25 35 survivors of the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad return to Africa
  • Nov 26 1st date in James Clavell's novel Tai-Pan
  • Dec 6 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres
  • Dec 29 King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • Dec 31 Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons