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What Happened in 1840

Important Events in 1840

  • Jan 25 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
  • 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 16 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • May 6 World's first adhesive postage stamp, the "Penny Black", is first used 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 Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain

On May 1, 1840


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