On This Day

Year 1840 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

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