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 19th - Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
Jan 20th - Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica
Jan 20th - Dutch King Willem II crowned
Jan 22nd - British colonists reach New Zealand.
Feb 1st - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
Feb 6th - Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain & Maoris of NZ
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 - 1st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
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 was badly damaged by fire
May 21st - NZ became a British colony
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 - England, Russia, Austria & Prussia signs 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 28th - 9 Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
Oct 7th - Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
Oct 8th - 1st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
Oct 14th - Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
Dec 2nd - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita," premieres in Paris
Dec 2nd - William H Harrison elected 9th President of USA