Historical Events for Year 1839
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Jan 2nd - 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)
Jan 6th - 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as "Big Wind"
Jan 9th - Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
Jan 9th - Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri)
Jan 10th - Tea from India 1st arrives in UK
Jan 11th - Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die
Jan 12th - Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
Jan 19th - Aden conquered by British East India Company
Jan 20th - In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance.
Jan 24th - Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Feb 7th - Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"
Legislator and Orator Henry Clay Feb 12th - Aroostock War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick
Feb 18th - Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)
Feb 20th - Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
Feb 24th - Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
Feb 25th - Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
Feb 26th - Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain)
Mar 9th - Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
Mar 23rd - 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
Mar 26th - 1st Henley Royal Regatta
Apr 17th - Guatemala forms republic
Apr 19th - Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
May 4th - The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
Jun 7th - Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed
Jun 14th - First Henley Regatta held (it became the Henley Royal Regatta in 1851)
Jun 17th - In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result
Jul 1st - Abdul-Medjid succeeds Mahmud II as Sultan of Turkey
Jul 2nd - Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner the Amistad revolt to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another
Jul 3rd - 1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Mass, with 3 students
Jul 12th - The schooner La Amistad is taken over off Long Island by abducted Mende tribesmen .
Jul 27th - Chartist riots break out in Birmingham, England
Aug 8th - Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.
Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre Aug 19th - Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris
Aug 23rd - British capture Hong Kong from China
Sep 2nd - Salon of Varietes opens in Amsterdam
Sep 5th - The First Opium War begins in China.
Sep 6th - Cherokee Nation forms
Sep 6th - Great fire in New York
Sep 9th - John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph
Sep 11th - 1st Canadian track & field meet held (Caer Howell Grounds)
Sep 20th - 1st railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem)
Oct 10th - British troops under Gen Charles Napier occupy Beirut
Nov 3rd - 1st opium war - 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks
Nov 3rd - Palace of Gulhane Turkey, freedom of religion proclaimed
Nov 4th - The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.
Nov 11th - The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
Nov 13th - 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY
Composer Giuseppe Verdi Nov 17th - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan
Nov 25th - A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.
Nov 27th - American Statistical Association organizes in Boston
Dec 18th - 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC