Events in year of 1840

  • 01-011st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, New York City
  • 01-031st deep sea sounding
  • 01-05Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
  • 01-10Penny Post mail system is starts
  • 01-18Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears
  • 01-19Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
  • 01-20Dutch King Willem II crowned
  • 02-01Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 02-06Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain and Maoris of New Zealand
  • 02-10British Queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
  • 02-12Housatonic Railroad opens
  • 02-16American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • 03-23Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)
  • 05-011st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
  • 05-061st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
  • 05-07Tornado strikes Natchez Miss, kills 317
  • 05-08Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
  • 05-21New Zealand became a British colony
  • 06-12Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands
  • 06-20Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
  • 07-15England, Russia, Austria and Prussia signs Quadruple Alliance
  • 07-23Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada
  • 08-18Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY)
  • 08-289 Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
  • 09-12Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck
  • 10-07Willem I resigns as King of the Netherlands
  • 10-081st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • 12-02Opera "Die Favoritin" is produced (Paris)
  • 12-02William H Harrison elected President of US

People born in year of 1840

  • 01-03Father Joseph Damien de Veuster: Belgium -- Helped lepers in Hawaii
  • 01-05John Doby Kennedy: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896
  • 01-18Austin Dobson: England, United Kingdom -- Poet / critic / biographer
  • 01-18Ernst Rudorff: Composer
  • 01-21Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake: Pioneer English woman Physician
  • 01-23Ernst Abbe: Germany -- Physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)
  • 02-02Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray: Composer
  • 02-05Hiram Stevens Maxim: Inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • 02-05John Boyd Dunlop: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • 02-11Sanuel Dana Greene: Lieutenant Commander (Union Navy), died in 1884
  • 02-13Georg Jacobi: Composer
  • 02-22F August Bebel: German social-democrat
  • 02-23Carl Menger: Austrian economist
  • 02-25Alexis Hollander: Composer
  • 02-25Otto Liebmann: German philosopher (Climax of Theories)
  • 02-29John Philip Holland: Liscannor, Ireland -- Pioneer in submarine building
  • 03-05Constance Fenimore Woolson: New Hampshire, United States -- Writer (Jupiter Lights)
  • 03-08Franco Faccio: Italian composer / conductor
  • 03-11Edmund Kirby, Jr.: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
  • 03-26Carli Zoeller: Composer
  • 03-26George Smith: London, England -- Assyriologist (cuneiform (script))
  • 03-28Mehemed Emin Pasja: German explorer / Governor (Equatoria)
  • 03-31John Herbert Kelly: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 04-11John Conrad Nordqvist: Composer
  • 04-12Edmond Audran: Composer
  • 04-19Andrea Bezzola: Writer
  • 04-21Franz Xaver Haberl: German priest / musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • 04-25James Dearing: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1865
  • 04-27Edward Whymper: 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)
  • 05-11Filippo Capocci: Composer

People died in year of 1840

  • 03-02Heinrich Olbers: German astronomer (comets and asteroids), dies at 81
  • 03-12Friedrich Westenholz: Composer, dies at 61
  • 03-28Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier: Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • 03-30George (Beau) Brummell: Dandy
  • 05-05Gottlob Benedikt Bierey: Composer, dies at 67
  • 05-05Matthaus Fischer: Composer, dies at 76
  • 05-17Niccolo Paganini: Composer, dies at 57
  • 05-30Dominique J de Eerens: Governor-General of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59
  • 06-07Frederik Willem III: King of Prussia (1797-1840), dies at 69
  • 06-19John Cockerill: English / Belgian industrial / orangist, dies at 50
  • 06-25Leopold Count of Limburg Stirum: Dutch General / politician, dies at 82
  • 06-29Lucien Bonaparte: Prince of Canino / Musignano, dies at 65
  • 07-22Josef Jawurek: Composer, dies at 83
  • 07-23Frantisek Max Knize: Composer, dies at 55
  • 08-18Antony CW Staring: Dutch patriot / Poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
  • 08-24Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot: Composer, dies at 89
  • 08-25K L Immermann: Writer, dies at 44
  • 08-27William Kneass: 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40), dies in office
  • 09-08John H van de Palm: Theologist / literature / speaker, dies at 77
  • 09-15Franz Xaver Pechacek: Composer, dies at 47
  • 09-25Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexandre Macdonald: Duc de Tarente, soldier
  • 11-24Cornelis RT Krayenhoff: Fortress Architect / cartographer, dies at 82

Events in year of 1841

  • 01-05James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • 01-20China cedes Hong Kong to British
  • 01-26Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 02-181st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
  • 03-04Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
  • 03-09US Supreme Court rules Negroes are free (Amistad Incident)
  • 03-22Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
  • 03-271st US steam fire engine tested, New York City
  • 04-06Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Missouri
  • 04-10New York "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
  • 04-26"Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • 04-27Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
  • 05-011st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for California
  • 06-141st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • 07-03John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
  • 07-05Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
  • 07-17British humor magazine "Punch" 1st published
  • 08-09Erie boat in Buffalo New York catches fire; 242 die
  • 08-21John Hampton patents venetian blind
  • 09-09Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300
  • 09-24Britain obtains Sarawak from Brunei (James Brooke appointed Rajah)
  • 09-30Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
  • 11-02Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
  • 11-041st wagon train arrives in California
  • 11-16Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • 11-16N E Guerin of New York patents cork-filled life preserver
  • 11-2535 Amistad survivors return to Africa
  • 12-29King / grand Duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • 12-31Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

People born in year of 1841

  • 01-14Berthe M P Morisot: French painter / aquarellist
  • 01-25John Arbuthnot Fisher: Ceylon -- 1st Baron Fisher / Admiral of the Fleet
  • 01-28Henry Stanley: England, United Kingdom -- Journalist / explorer (found Livingston in Africa)
  • 01-28Viktor Ernst Nessler: Composer
  • 01-30Alfred Townsend George: Civil War journalist, died in 1914
  • 02-01William H H Davenport: Buffalo, New York -- Stage medium
  • 02-10Walter Parratt: Composer
  • 02-12Bert van Tienhoven: Mayor (Amsterdam) / Foreign Minister
  • 02-12Gijsbert van Tienhoven: Dutch Mayor (Amsterdam) / Foreign Minister
  • 02-18Samuel Prowse Warren: Composer
  • 02-19Felipe Pedrell: Composer
  • 02-25Pierre Auguste Renoir: Limoges, France -- Impressionist painter / sculptor
  • 02-26Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer: English consul-General (Egypt)
  • 02-27[Eleanor] Agnes Lee: Daughter of US General Robert E Lee
  • 03-01Blanche Kelso Bruce: Virginia, United States -- (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881)
  • 03-01Romualdo Marenco: Composer
  • 03-03John Murray: Canadian Oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)
  • 03-04Kristian Mandrup Elster: Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 03-08Oliver Wendell Holmes: Massachusetts, United States -- 59th Supreme Court Justice (1902-32)
  • 04-07Alfred Cogniaux: Belgian botanicus
  • 04-07Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys: Painter
  • 04-25Pauline Lucca: Soprano
  • 04-26Wilhelm Scherer: German literature historian
  • 05-11Ernst von Possart: German actor / stage manager / reciter
  • 05-15Giovanni Bolzoni: Composer
  • 05-20Sara Louisa Oberholtz: Social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • 05-21Joseph Parry: Composer
  • 05-24Charles Napier Henry: Painter
  • 05-24Tito Mattei: Pianist / composer
  • 05-28Giovanni Sgambati: Composer

People died in year of 1841

  • 01-03Wilhelmus Kist: Writer / Director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 02-11J H Ferdinand Olivier: German painter, dies at 55
  • 02-13Thomas Ainsworth: English / Dutch industrialist, dies at 45
  • 02-14Antun Sorkocevic: Composer, dies at 65
  • 02-15Sibrand Acker Stratingh: Dutch dr / chemist (electrical car), dies at 53
  • 02-17Ferdinando Carulli: Composer, dies at 70
  • 04-04William Henry Harrison: Becomes 1st President to die in office, at 68
  • 04-29A Bertrand: Writer
  • 05-03Cornelis T Elout: Dutch Minister of Finance / Navy / Colonies, dies at 74
  • 05-06John Thomson: Composer, dies at 35
  • 05-20Joseph Blanco White: Theological writert
  • 05-23Franz Xaver von Baader: German philosopher / theologist, dies at 76
  • 07-27Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov: Poet / Novelist
  • 08-10Hippolyte Monpou: Composer, dies at 37
  • 08-13Bernhard Heinrich Romberg: German composer, dies at 73
  • 08-13Bernhard Romberg: German cellist / composer
  • 08-24Karl Friedrich Curschmann: Composer, dies at 36
  • 08-27Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried: Composer, dies at 65
  • 09-09Augustin P de Candolle: Swiss botanist, dies at 63
  • 09-15Alessandro Rolla: Composer, dies at 84
  • 10-09Karl F Schinkel: German Painter / writer (Neue Wache), dies at 60
  • 11-01Antoine PFGdV Celles: Belgium / Dutch / French MP
  • 11-14Thomas Bruce: Count of Elgin and Kincardine, British diplomat
  • 11-18Georg Chistoph Grosheim: Composer, dies at 77
  • 11-30Charles Louis W J van Keverberg: Dutch government official, dies at 73
  • 12-07Johann Daniel Ferstenberg: Composer, dies at 83
  • 12-18Felice Blangini: Composer, dies at 60