Historical Events for Year 1851
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Jan 1st - City of Glasgow steamer inaugurates Philadelphia-Liverpool line
Jan 15th - Gen Arista replaces Mexican President Herrera
Jan 28th - Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered
Jan 31st - Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk
Jan 31st - SF Orphan's Asylum, 1st in California, founded
Feb 6th - Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch," premieres in Dusseldorf
Feb 11th - 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
Feb 15th - Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
Mar 3rd - Congress authorizes smallest US silver coin (3 cent piece)
Mar 6th - Dion Boucicault's "Love in a Maze" premieres in London
Mar 7th - Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends
Mar 11th - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice
Composer Giuseppe Verdi Mar 25th - Yosemite Valley discovered in California
Apr 15th - Earl G Andressy sentenced to death in Hungary
Apr 23rd - Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
May 1st - Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London
May 3rd - Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
May 4th - 1st major SF fire
May 6th - Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
May 6th - Linus Yale patents Yale lock
May 6th - New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
May 6th - San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
May 15th - Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), crowned
May 18th - Amsterdam-Nieuwediep telegraph connection linked
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth May 29th - Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)
Jun 2nd - 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
Jun 3rd - 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers
Jun 9th - SF Committee of Vigilance forms (1st time)
Jun 15th - Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, sets up 1st ice-cream factory
Jun 22nd - Fire destroys part of San Francisco
Jun 30th - Battle of Viervoet (Basotho-British war)
Jul 13th - John F Loudon discovers tin on East Indian Island of Billiton
Jul 23rd - Treaty of Traverse des Sioux signed by Sioux Indians & US
Jul 24th - Window tax abolished in Britain
Jul 28th - Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph
Jul 29th - Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
Aug 12th - 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
Aug 12th - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine
Aug 22nd - Gold fields discovered in Australia
Aug 22nd - Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
Sep 15th - Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sep 18th - New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy)
Sep 22nd - The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.
Oct 1st - 1st Hawaiian stamps issued
Oct 2nd - The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass is demonstrated but proves to be a fake.
Oct 24th - William Lassell discovers Ariel & Umbriel, satellites of Uranus
Oct 30th - Alfred de Musset's "Bettine" premieres in Paris
Nov 9th - Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape.
Nov 11th - Alvan Clark patents telescope
Nov 13th - 1st meeting of anti-revolutionary "Netherlands & Orange"
Nov 13th - Telegraph connection between London-Paris linked
Nov 13th - The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington.
Moby Dick Author Herman Melville Nov 14th - "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville published
Nov 22nd - Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)
Dec 2nd - French President Charles Louis Bonaparte in a Coup d'etat overthrows the Second Republic establishing himself as Emperor.
Dec 4th - Pres Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France
Dec 9th - 1st Young Men's Christian Association in North America (Montreal)
Dec 22nd - The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
Dec 24th - Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes
Dec 29th - 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.