1840

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Year: 1837 1838 183918401841 1842 1843

1840 (MDCCCXL) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar).


Events

  • January 19 – Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what becomes known as Wilkes Land for the United States.
  • 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.
  • November 4 – U.S. presidential election, 1840: William Henry Harrison defeats Martin Van Buren.


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