On This Day

Events in History in 1841

  • Jan 5 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • Jan 20 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • Jan 26 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • Jan 30 A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Longest US presidential inauguration speech (8,443 words) by William Henry Harrison

  • Mar 5 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
  • Mar 9 US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free
  • Mar 22 A method for alkali starch extraction is patented in the US by Orlando Jones, which is later applied to corn (cornstarch)
  • Mar 27 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC

Historic Event

Apr 4 Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

  • Apr 6 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • Apr 10 New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley

Historic Publication

Apr 14 1st detective story published, Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue" (April 1841)

  • Apr 26 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • Apr 27 Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
  • May 1 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • May 3 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales

Historic Event

May 11 American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound

  • Jun 14 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • Jun 24 Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx
  • Jun 28 The Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premieres the ballet Giselle
  • Jul 1 Mammoth Cave National Park established with 45,310 acres, including world's largest cave network in Kentucky, US [1]
  • Jul 3 John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
  • Jul 5 Thomas Cook opens first travel agency
  • Jul 17 British humorous and satirical magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002
  • Jul 18 Pedro II, aged 15-years old, formally crowned Emperor of Brazil after a 10-year regency
  • Aug 9 Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • Aug 21 John Hampton patents venetian blind
  • Sep 9 Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300

Historic Event

Sep 24 British adventurer James Brooke obtains lands around the Sarawak river from the Sultan of Brunei

  • Sep 30 Samuel Slocum patents the stapler
  • Oct 16 Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered
  • Nov 2 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
  • Nov 4 First wagon train arrives in California
  • Nov 13 James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis
  • Nov 16 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • Nov 25 35 survivors of the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad return to Africa
  • Nov 26 1st date in James Clavell's novel Tai-Pan
  • Dec 29 King and Grand Duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • Dec 31 Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons