Historical Events for Year 1840
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Jan 1st - 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
Jan 3rd - 1st deep sea sounding
Jan 5th - Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
Jan 10th - Penny Post mail system starts
Jan 13th - The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
Jan 18th - Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears
Jan 20th - Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica
Jan 20th - Dutch King Willem II crowned
Jan 22nd - New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington
Jan 25th - American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
Jan 29th - First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ
The Treaty of Waitangi, signed by the British Crown and various Māori chiefs Feb 1st - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
Feb 6th - 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.
Feb 11th - Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
Feb 12th - Housatonic Railroad opens
Feb 16th - American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Mar 1st - Adolphe Thiers becomes prime minister of France.
Mar 14th - Jose Zorilla's "El Zapatero y el Rey" premieres in Madrid
Mar 23rd - Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)
Apr 27th - Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
May 1st - "Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued, UK
May 6th - 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
May 7th - Tornado strikes Natchez, Miss, kills 317
May 8th - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
May 20th - York Minster badly damaged by fire
May 21st - Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'
May 22nd - The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
Jun 12th - Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands
Inventor Samuel Morse Jun 20th - Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
Jul 4th - The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.
Jul 6th - Christian Hebbel's "Judith" premieres in Berlin
Jul 15th - Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
Jul 23rd - Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada
Aug 1st - Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
Aug 18th - Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY)
Aug 18th - French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand
Aug 28th - Nine Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
Oct 7th - Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
Oct 8th - First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
Oct 14th - Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
Nov 16th - New Zealand officially becomes British colony
Dec 2nd - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris
9th US President William Henry Harrison Dec 2nd - William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America
Dec 5th - Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death