On This Day

What Happened in 1840

Historical Events

  • 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.

Did You Know?

"Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain

On May 1, 1840

Famous People in 1840

World Leaders in 1840

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