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Battle of Ingavi
The Battle of Ingavi ends
the Peruvian-Bolivian War with a victory for Bolivia .
John Tyler, picture by James Reid Lambdin, 1841
John Tyler becomes President of the United States after William Henry Harrison dies as the first President in office.
Marie Lafarge in her memoirs published in 1841
Marie Lafarge is convicted of the murder on the basis of toxicological and chemical evidence.
1841 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1289/90 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1833/34 (September 10-11)
Bengali solar calendar 1246/47 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2384/85 (southern Buddhism); 2383/84 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 75th (76th) cycle

Year of the Metal Ox辛丑 ( at the beginning of the year Metal Rat 庚子)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1203/04 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4174/75 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1219/20
Islamic calendar 1256/1257 (turn of the year 22/23 February)
Jewish calendar 5601/02 (September 15/16)
Coptic calendar 1557/58 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 1016/17
Rumi Calendar (Ottoman Empire) 1256/57 (March 1)
Seleucid era Babylon: 2151/52 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2152/53 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1897/98 (April)


Politics and world events


Catholics and liberals fight over the Aargau monasteries , cartoon from March 25th

First opium war in China

Battle of Chuenpi

First Anglo-Afghan War


North America

William Henry Harrison
  • March 4 : William Henry Harrison takes office as the ninth US President. He replaces President Martin Van Buren , who has been in office since 1837 .
  • April 4 : With William H. Harrison, the first US President dies in office and in the shortest term of office to date. The cause of death is pneumonia , which Harrison got during his inaugural speech because he was not wearing a coat as protection against the cold. John Tyler succeeds him as the tenth US President. With his stance that he is a full President and not, as some have assumed, only assuming presidential powers as Vice President, he is setting a precedent for the succession plan for the President of the United States.
  • After his arrival in California , the Swiss adventurer Johann August Sutter founds the private colony of New Helvetia on land that he received from the Mexican governor for agricultural use . To do this, he drives the natives off the land and buys the Russian colony of Fort Ross for 30,000 piastres .

South America


Coat of arms of Ecuador with the ship Guayas
  • PT Barnum takes over the American Museum and expands it into one of the largest entertainment groups of the 19th century .

science and technology



Music and theater

Gottfried Semper's first court theater
Carlotta Grisi as Giselle





  • March 11 : The paddle steamer President , the largest steamship of its time, disappears without a trace on the North Atlantic after casting off in New York on March 11, 1841 with 109 people on board.
  • September 24 : Nine people are killed and 16 others are seriously injured in the Sonning railway accident in England.



January February

Henry Morton Stanley
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

March April

May June

Paul Wallot

July August

September October

Antonín Dvořák

November December

King Edward VII of Great Britain

Exact date of birth unknown


January to March

Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner

April to August

William Henry Harrison on his death bed
Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841)

September to December

Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1826
William Hay Macnaghten

Exact date of death unknown

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