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1840Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1840William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

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