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1841Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison

1841Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

1841 Historical Events
Date Event
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. 
Mar 4
Dion Boucicault's "London Assurance," premieres in London 
Mar 4
Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), 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
Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones) 
Mar 27
1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC 
Mar 31
1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B 
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 
Apr 14
Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" published 
Apr 20
1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published 
Apr 26
"Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk 
Apr 27
Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening 
May 1
1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California 
May 3
New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales 
May 11
Lt. 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 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 1st travel agency 
Jul 17
British humorous and satirycal magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002 
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 
Sep 24
Britain obtains Sarawak from Brunei (James Brooke appointed Rajah) 
Sep 30
Samuel Slocum patented 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 6
Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres 
Dec 29
King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon 
Dec 31
Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons 
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