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Historical information serves society as a vital commodity and newspapers are a great source of information. NewspaperArchive features an array of important historical dates and events from many years, including events from the year 1840, including the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the formation of the Washington Temperance Society, Britain issuing the Penny Black as the first postage stamp, the Derby Arboretum becoming England's first public park, the remains of Napoleon being brought to France and buried in the Invalides, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.

Historical Events
For Year 1840

There is no better source of the stories of yesterday, as they were actually told, than Newspaper Archives. Discover your ancestry with records from every world history event and find treasures that simply aren't available anywhere else. Newspaper Archives have preserved essential accounts of your family, famous people and events that shaped this nation for hundreds of years. What will you discover?

January 3, 1840

The establishment of the Port Phillip Herald as a predecessor of the Herald Sun of Melbourne takes place in Melbourne, Australia.
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January 10, 1840

The introduction of the Uniform Penny Post in the United Kingdom takes place. Read More

January 22, 1840

The establishment of Wellington, New Zealand by British colonists takes place. Read More

February 6, 1840

The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi takes place, giving sovereignty over New Zealand to the British.
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March 9, 1840

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.
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April, 1840

The completion of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad takes place, traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina to Weldon, North Carolina.
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April 2, 1840

The formation of the Washingtonian Temperance Society takes place. Read More

April 15, 1840

London's King's College Hospital opens. Read More

May 1, 1840

The Penny Black is issued by Britain as the first postage stamp in the world. Read More

May 6, 1840

The first postage stamp in the world, the Penny Black, is available for pre-payment of postage.
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May 21, 1840

The declaration of New Zealand as a British colony takes place. Read More

July 15, 1840

The signing of the Convention of London by Austria, the United Kingdom, Prussia, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire takes place.
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July 23, 1840

The premature declaration of Pedro II as being "of age" takes place and he reasserts control over Brazil.
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July 23, 1840

The Act of Union creates the Province of Canada. Read More

September 16, 1840

The deeds and papers for the Derby Arboretum is given to England by Joseph Strutt, becoming first public park in England.
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September 30, 1840

Napoleon's remains are brought to France from Saint Helena and buried in the Invalides. Read More

November 4, 1840

Martin Van Buren is defeated by William Henry Harrison in the United States presidential election.
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December 15, 1840

Napoleon's corpse is placed in Paris' Hotel des Invalides. Read More

December 21, 1840

The completion of Stockport Viaduct takes place in North West England as one of Europe's largest brick structures.
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