What Happened in 1840

Significant Events

  • Jan 25 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
  • 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

World Leaders in 1840

Famous People in 1840

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 1 Novelist Alexandre Dumas (37) weds actress Ida Ferrier
  • Feb 10 British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace
  • May 1 Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)
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