Decades: 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s - 1840s - 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s
Years: 1836 1837 1838 1839 1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846
January 26 - The United Kingdom occupies Hong Kong. Later during the year, the first census of the island recorded a population of about 7,500.
February 18 - The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate begins and lasts until March 11.
March 4 - Martin Van Buren, President of the United States is succeeded by William Henry Harrison.
March 9 - The United States Supreme Court rules in the Amistad case that the Africans who seized control of the ship had been taken into slavery illegally.
April 4 - President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and at one month, the elected president with the shortest term served. He is succeeded by Vice President John Tyler.
August 16 - US President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in US history.
The two colonies of the Canadas are merged into the Province of Canada.
Arts, Sciences, Literature and Philosophy
1841 in literature:
The Deerslayer - James Fenimore Cooper
1841 in music
1841 in science
January 14 - Berthe Morisot, Impressionist Painter d.+ 1895)
January 28 - Henry Morton Stanley, explorer, journalist (d. 1904).
February 4 - Clément Ader, French engineer and inventor, airplane pioneer.
February 25 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French painter (d. 1919)
March 8 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, Supreme Court justice (d. 1935)
May 10 - James Gordon Bennett, Jr, newspaper publisher (d. 1918)
November 9 - Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom
February 11 - J.H. Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
April 4 - William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States
May 20 - Joseph Blanco White, British theologian
May 23 - Franz Xaver von Baader - A German philosopher and theologian\n