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The establishment of the Port Phillip Herald as a predecessor of the Herald Sun of Melbourne takes place in Melbourne, Australia.
The introduction of the Uniform Penny Post in the United Kingdom takes place. Read More
The establishment of Wellington, New Zealand by British colonists takes place. Read More
The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi takes place, giving sovereignty over New Zealand to the British.
The completion of the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad as the longest railroad in the world takes place, traveling from Wilmington, North Carolina to Weldon, North Carolina.
The completion of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad takes place, traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina to Weldon, North Carolina.
The formation of the Washingtonian Temperance Society takes place. Read More
London's King's College Hospital opens. Read More
The Penny Black is issued by Britain as the first postage stamp in the world. Read More
The first postage stamp in the world, the Penny Black, is available for pre-payment of postage.
The declaration of New Zealand as a British colony takes place. Read More
The signing of the Convention of London by Austria, the United Kingdom, Prussia, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire takes place.
The premature declaration of Pedro II as being "of age" takes place and he reasserts control over Brazil.
The Act of Union creates the Province of Canada. Read More
The deeds and papers for the Derby Arboretum is given to England by Joseph Strutt, becoming first public park in England.
Napoleon's remains are brought to France from Saint Helena and buried in the Invalides. Read More
Martin Van Buren is defeated by William Henry Harrison in the United States presidential election.
Napoleon's corpse is placed in Paris' Hotel des Invalides. Read More
The completion of Stockport Viaduct takes place in North West England as one of Europe's largest brick structures.
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