1840 in History – What happened in year 1840

✅ Published on April 4th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1840 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1840.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1840 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
21 januaryThe French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville discovered AdélieLand, Antarctica.
10 februaryPrince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha married Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom at the Chapel Royal, becoming prince-consort.
01 mayThe United Kingdom issued the Penny Black, theworld's first official adhesive postage stamp.
20 juneSamuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
01 MayThe world's first postage stamp was issued in Great Britain, with a portrait of Queen Victoria of Britain printed on it. The postage stamp was printed on a small square paper in black and was priced at a penny.
06 MayPenny Black released the first stamp in Britain.
20 JuneSamuel Morse patented the Telegraph.
07 OctoberWillem II became King of the Netherlands.
16 December19 years after his death, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was cremated.
29 FebruaryIrish-American scientist John Philip Holland was born. Who are considered to be the father of modern submarines. In 1898, he built the first underwater American vessel called Holland.
10 JanuaryThe Uniform Penny Post was launched in the United Kingdom.
10 FebruaryQueen Victoria of the United Kingdom married cousin Prince Albert to Saxe-Coburg and Goth.
01 MarchAdolphe Thiers became Prime Minister of France.
15 AprilKing's College Hospital opened in London.
21 MayNew Zealand was declared a British colony.
20 JuneSamuel Morse patented the Telegraph.
23 JulyProvinces of Canada made by act of association.
28 AugustNine Jewish prisoners released from Damascus prison.
16 SeptemberHand-drawn works and papers relating to the Joseph Strud Derby Arboretum), which became England's first public park.
07 OctoberWillem II became King of the Netherlands.
04 NovemberIn the US presidential election, William Henry Harrison defeated Martin von Buren.
02 DecemberWilliam Henry Harrison was sworn in as the 9th President of the United States.


Famous birthdays in the year 1840:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AprilÉmile Zola / Novelist / France
03 AugustJohn Bigham / Politician / United Kingdom
05 February John Boyd Dunlop / Business Man / Scotland
05 February Hiram Maxim / Engineer / United States of America
05 AprilGhazaros Aghayan / Historian / Armenia
06 JulyJosé María Velasco Gómez / Academic / Mexico
10 MayHadzhi Dimitar / Warlord / Bulgaria
14 JuneWilliam F. Nast / Business Man / United States of America
16 JuneErnst Otto Schlick / Author / Germany
16 OctoberKuroda Kiyotaka / Politician / Japan
17 DecemberNozu Michitsura / Field Marshal / Japan
21 DecemberNamık Kemal / Journalist / Turkey
21 SeptemberMurad V / Sultan / Turkey
22 January Ernest Wilberforce / Bishop / United Kingdom
23 MayGeorge Throssell / Politician / Australia
23 January Ernst Abbe / Engineer / Germany
25 AugustGeorge C. Magoun / Business Man / United States of America
27 SeptemberThomas Nast / Cartoonist / United States of America
27 AprilEdward Whymper / Mountaineer / France
28 March Emin Pasha / Politician / Germany
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