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What Happened on May 6, 1840

Historical Events


Historic PublicationPenny Black

World's first adhesive postage stamp, the "Penny Black", is first used in 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 Deaths

  • Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
1840 Highlights

About May 6, 1840

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 181 years, 2 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus