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What Happened on May 1, 1840

Historical Events


Historic PublicationPenny Black

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

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The Penny Black stamp featured Queen Victoria
The Penny Black stamp featured Queen Victoria
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Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

1840 Highlights

About May 1, 1840

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 180 years, 5 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus