1840 in History – What happened in year 1840


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.

Know what happened in 1840:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 MayThe United Kingdom issued the Penny Black (pictured), theworld's first official adhesive postage stamp.
10 February Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha married Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom at the Chapel Royal, becoming prince-consort.
21 JanuaryThe French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville discovered AdélieLand, Antarctica.
21 JanuaryThe French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville discovered Adélie Land, Antarctica.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1840:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AprilÉmile Zola / Novelist / France
02 JuneThomas Hardy / Poet / United Kingdom
03 AugustJohn Bigham / Politician / United Kingdom
05 February Hiram Maxim / Engineer / United States of America
06 JulyJosé María Velasco Gómez / Academic / Mexico
10 JuneTheodor Philipsen / Painter / Denmark
10 January Louis-Nazaire Bégin / Cardinal / Canada
12 NovemberAuguste Rodin / Sculptor / France
14 JuneWilliam F. Nast / Business Man / United States of America
15 February Titu Maiorescu / Academic / Romania
16 JuneErnst Otto Schlick / Author / Germany
17 AugustWilfrid Scawen Blunt / Poet / United Kingdom
17 DecemberNozu Michitsura / Field Marshal / Japan
22 January Ernest Wilberforce / Bishop / United Kingdom
23 February Carl Menger / Educator / Austria
25 OctoberHelen Blanchard / Inventor / United States of America
25 AugustGeorge C. Magoun / Business Man / United States of America
26 SeptemberLouis-Olivier Taillon / Politician / Canada
27 AprilEdward Whymper / Mountaineer / France
27 SeptemberAlfred Thayer Mahan / Historian / United States of America

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