1841 in History
January 5 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
January 20 China cedes Hong Kong to British
January 26 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
February 17 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wegimont
February 18 1st continuous filibuster in U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11
March 4 Dion Boucicault's "London Assurance," premieres in London
March 4 Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
March 22 Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
March 27 1st U.S. steam fire engine tested, New York City
March 31 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B
April 6 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Missouri
April 10 New York "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
April 14 Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue," published
April 20 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
April 26 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
April 27 Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D. T. Suzuki, found the awakening
May 1 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for California
June 14 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
June 24 Fordham University, then St. John's College, opens in the Bronx
July 3 John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
July 5 Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
July 17 British humor magazine "Punch" 1st published
August 9 Erie boat in Buffalo New York catches fire; 242 die
August 21 John Hampton patents venetian blind
September 9 Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300
September 24 Britain obtains Sarawak from Brunei, James Brooke appointed Rajah
September 30 Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
October 16 Queens University in Kingston is chartered
November 2 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
November 4 1st wagon train arrives in California
November 16 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (New York City)
November 16 N E Guerin of New York patents cork-filled life preserver
November 25 35 Amistad survivors return to Africa
November 26 1st date in James Clavell's novel Tai-Pan
December 6 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D, premieres
December 29 King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
December 31 Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons