1840 in History
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 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 14 Jose Zorilla's "El Zapatero y el Rey," premieres in Madrid
March 23 Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)
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 12 Meteorite hits Uden, Netherlands
June 20 Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
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 18 Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded in New York
August 28 9 Jewish prisoners are released from Damascus jails
September 12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck
October 7 Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
October 8 1st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
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