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- 1 Events of 1840
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 People of the year 1840 at Familypedia
- 5 Events of the year 1840 at Familypedia
Events of 1840[edit | edit source]
January - March[edit | edit source]
- January 3 - One of the predecessor papers of the Herald Sun of Melbourne, The Port Phillip Herald, is founded by George Cavanaugh.
- January 10 - Uniform penny postage introduced in the UK.
- January 13 - The steamship Lexington burns and sinks in icy waters, four miles off the coast of Long Island: 139 died, only 4 survived.
- January 19 - Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States.
- January 20 - Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica. The first public school is established in Rockingham County
- January 22 - British colonists reach New Zealand. Official founding date of Wellington.
- February 5 - The Damascus affair begins with the disappearance of a friar and his servant, which by the next day had been blamed on local Jews.
- February 6 - Treaty of Waitangi, document granting British sovereignty in New Zealand, is signed.
- February 10 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
- February 11 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment premieres in Paris.
- March 1
April - June[edit | edit source]
- April 15 - King's College Hospital opens in Portugal Street, London.
- May 1 - Britain issues the Penny Black, world's first postage stamp.
- May 6 - The Penny Black, world's first postage stamp becomes valid for the pre-payment of postage.
- May 7 - The Great Natchez Tornado: A massive tornado strikes Natchez during the early afternoon hours. Before it was over, 317 people had lost their lives and 109 were injured. It is the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
July - September[edit | edit source]
- July 4 - The Cunard Line's 700-ton wooden paddlewheel steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax , Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic passenger cruise.
- July 15 – Austria, Britain, Prussia, and Russia sign a London Treaty with the Sublime Porte, ruler of the Ottoman Empire.
- July 23 - The Province of Canada is created by the Act of Union.
- August 10 - Fortsas hoax - number of book collectors gather to Binche, Belgium to attend a non-existent book auction of the late "Count of Fortsas"
- September 10 - Ottoman and British troops bombard Beirut and land troops on the coast to pressure Egyptian Muhammad Ali to retreat from the country.
- September 16 - Joseph Strutt handed over the deeds and papers concerning the Arboretum, which was to become England's first public park.
October - December[edit | edit source]
- October 7 - Willem II becomes King of the Netherlands.
- October 14 – Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
- November - William Henry Harrison defeats Martin Van Buren in the U.S. presidential election.
Undated[edit | edit source]
- The frigate Belle-Poule brings back the remains of Napoléon from Saint Helena to France. He is buried in the Invalides.
- Louis Agassiz publishes his work in two volumes entitled Etudes sur les glaciers ("Study on Glaciers"), the first major work to scientifically propose that the Earth has been subject to a past ice age.
- David Livingstone leaves for Africa.
- Pedro II is declared "of age" prematurely and begins to reassert central control in Brazil.
- Mount Allison University is founded in Sackville, Canada.
- Washingtonian Temperance Society is founded.
- First English translation of Goethe's Theory of Colours by Charles Eastlake published.
- December - Stockport viaduct (located in Greater Manchester, England) was completed in this year. It is one of the largest brick structures in Europe.
- Damascus affair occurs, a highly publicized case of blood libel against the Jews of Damascus.
- Rhodes blood libel against the Jews of Rhodes.
Ongoing events[edit | edit source]
Births[edit | edit source]
|Gregorian calendar||1840 |
|Ab urbe condita||2593|
|Armenian calendar||1289 |
|Bahá'í calendar||-4 – -3|
|Coptic calendar||1556 – 1557|
|Ethiopian calendar||1832 – 1833|
|Hebrew calendar||5600 – 5601|
|- Vikram Samvat||1895 – 1896|
|- Shaka Samvat||1762 – 1763|
|- Kali Yuga||4941 – 4942|
|Iranian calendar||1218 – 1219|
|Islamic calendar||1255 – 1256|
|- Imperial Year||Kōki 2500|
|Thai solar calendar||2383|
January - June[edit | edit source]
- January 3 - Father Damien, Belgian missionary priest (d. 1888)
- January 22 - Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
- January 23 - Ernst Abbe, German physicist (d. 1905)
- January 26 - John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (d. 1906)
- February 4 - Hiram Stevens Maxim, American firearms inventor (d. 1916)
- February 5 - John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor (d. 1921)
- February 21 - Murad V, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1904)
- February 22 - August Bebel, German politician (d. 1913)
- February 23 - Carl Menger, Austrian economist (d. 1921)
- February 29 - John Philip Holland, Irish inventor (d. 1914)
- March 28 - Emin Pasha, German doctor and African administrator (d. 1892)
- April 2 - Emile Zola, French writer (d. 1902)
- April 22 - Odilon Redon, French painter (d. 1916)
- April 27 - Edward Whymper, English mountaineer (d. 1911)
- May 7 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
- May 13 - Alphonse Daudet, French writer (d. 1897)
- June 2 - Thomas Hardy, English writer (d. 1928)
July - December[edit | edit source]
- August 4 - Richard von Krafft-Ebing, German sexologist (d. 1902)
- October 9 - Simeon Solomon, British artist (d. 1905)
- October 16 - Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)
- November 12 - Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (d. 1917)
- November 14 - Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926)
- November 21 - Victoria, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom and Empress of Germany (d. 1901)
- November 29 - Rhoda Broughton, Welsh writer (d. 1920)
- See also 1840 births.
Deaths[edit | edit source]
January - June[edit | edit source]
- January 6 - Fanny Burney, English novelist (b. 1752)
- January 22 - Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (b. 1752)
- February 13 - Nicolas Joseph Maison, French marshal and Minister of War (b. 1770)
- April 25 - Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician, geometer, and physicist (b. 1781)
- May 1 - Joseph Williamson, philanthropist and builder of Williamson's tunnels (b. 1769)
- May 7 - Caspar David Friedrich, German artist (b. 1774)
- May 26 - Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)
- May 27 - Nicolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782)
- June 7 - King Frederick William III of Prussia (b. 1770)
July - December[edit | edit source]
- July 7 - Nikolai Stankevich, philosopher and poet (b. 1813)
- August 25 - Karl Leberecht Immermann, novelist and dramatist (b. 1796)
- September 18 - Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, polymath (b. 1783)
- November 2 - Józef Kossakowski, Polish-Lithuanian statesman (b. 1771)
- See also 1840 deaths.
People of the year 1840 at Familypedia
355 people were born in 1840
253 children were born to the 165 women born in 1840
166 people died in 1840
13041 people lived in 1840
Events of the year 1840 at Familypedia
253 people were married in 1840.
There were 0 military battles in 1840.
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