Historical Events for Year 1852
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Jan 1st - 1st US public bath opens, in NYC
Jan 1st - National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds
Jan 1st - Netherlands begins issuing postage stamps
Jan 3rd - 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii
Jan 17th - British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
Feb 2nd - 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
Feb 2nd - Alexandre Dumas Jr's "Le Dame aux Camélias," premieres in Paris
Feb 11th - 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)
Feb 15th - Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
Feb 16th - Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
Feb 19th - The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Father of U.S. History George Bancroft Feb 21st - George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president
Feb 26th - British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive
Mar 1st - Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Mar 7th - Dutch telegraph traffic regulated by law
Mar 13th - Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the NY Lantern weekly
Mar 20th - Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
Mar 25th - Friedrich Hebbel's "Agnes Bernauer" premieres in Munich
Mar 26th - Decree regarding streets of Paris passed
Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe Mar 29th - Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day
Apr 19th - California Historical Society forms
Apr 29th - 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
Apr 30th - Anton Rubinsteins opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
May 1st - The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
May 18th - Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school
Jul 3rd - Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
Jul 5th - Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' speech to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester in which he condemns the celebration as a hypocritical sham in a land where slavery still exists
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass Jul 9th - Fire destroys 1,100 construction sites in Montreal Canada
Jul 23rd - 1st interment in US National Cemetery at Presidio
Jul 31st - Hottest July in Netherlands since at least 1783 (68.4°F (20.2°C) avg)
Aug 1st - SF Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
Aug 3rd - 1st intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths
Aug 13th - Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
Aug 21st - Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
Sep 3rd - Anti-Jewish riots break out in Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 11th - Olympia Columbian is 1st newspaper published north of Columbia R
Sep 14th - 18th US Postmaster General: Samuel D Hubbard of Conn takes office
Sep 24th - Henri Giffard, a French engineer, makes 1st engine powered dirigible/airship flight with steam power
Sep 27th - George L Aiken's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" premieres in Troy, NY
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace Oct 1st - Alfred Russel Wallace returns to the U.K. after four years of travel, collecting, and research in South America
Oct 11th - The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
Oct 16th - Dutch government recognize Catholics right to organize
Nov 2nd - Franklin Pierce elected as president of US
Nov 4th - Count Camillo Benso di Cavour becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.
Nov 18th - State funeral of Duke of Wellington (St Paul's Cathedral, London)
Nov 18th - Rose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
14th US President Franklin Pierce Nov 20th - Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's "Masks & Faces" premieres in London
Nov 21st - Duke U, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College
Nov 23rd - Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30' (9m)
Dec 1st - Telegraph company opens throughout Netherlands
Dec 2nd - 2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor
Dec 8th - Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten" premieres in Breslau
Dec 17th - 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized
Dec 23rd - 1st Chinese theater in US, Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
Dec 29th - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants