What Happened in 1841

Historical Events

  • Jan 20 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • May 15 First emigrant wagon train to make it to California leaves Independence, Missouri on a 1,730 mile journey over the Sierra Nevada [1]
  • Nov 4 First wagon train arrives in California after a five and a half month and 1,730 mile journey over the Sierra Nevada from Missouri [1]
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Famous People in 1841

World Leaders in 1841

Would You Believe?

1st detective story published, Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue" (April 1841)

On April 14, 1841

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 17 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wégimont