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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1840 AD

January

January 1: 1st recorded bowling match in U.S., Knickerbocker Alleys, New York City
January 3: 1st deep sea sounding
January 5: Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
January 10: Penny Post mail system is starts
January 18: Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st U.S. electrical journal, appears
January 19: Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (U.S. claim)
January 20: Dumont D'Urville discovers Adelie Land, Antarctica
January 20: Dutch King Willem II crowned

February

February 1: Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in U.S., incorporated
February 6: Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain and Maoris of New Zealand
February 10: British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
February 11: Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment," premieres in Paris
February 12: Housatonic Railroad opens
February 16: American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

March

March 14: Jose Zorilla's "El Zapatero y el Rey," premieres in Madrid
March 23: Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)

May

May 1: 1st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
May 7: Tornado strikes Natchez Miss, kills 317
May 8: Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
May 21: New Zealand became a British colony

June

June 12: Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands
June 20: Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

July

July 6: Christian Hebbel's "Judith," premieres in Berlin
July 15: England, Russia, Austria and Prussia signs Quadruple Alliance
July 23: Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada

August

August 18: Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded in New York
August 28: 9 Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails

September

September 12: Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

October

October 7: Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
October 8: 1st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed

December

December 2: Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita," premieres in Paris
December 2: Opera "Die Favoritin" is produced (Paris)
December 2: William H Harrison elected president of US
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