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1839Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris

1839Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"

1839Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

1839Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

1839 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 2
1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre
Jan 6
2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as "Big Wind" 
Jan 9
Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science 
Jan 9
Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri) 
Jan 10
Tea from India 1st arrives in UK 
Jan 11
Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die 
Jan 12
Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn 
Jan 19
Aden conquered by British East India Company 
Jan 20
In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance. 
Jan 24
Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society 
Feb 7
Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president" 
Feb 12
Aroostock War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick 
Feb 18
Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists) 
Feb 20
Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia 
Feb 24
Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia 
Feb 25
Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West 
Feb 26
Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain) 
Mar 9
Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours 
Mar 23
1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post) 
Mar 26
1st Henley Royal Regatta 
Apr 17
Guatemala forms republic 
Apr 19
Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy 
May 4
The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio 
Jun 7
Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed 
Jun 14
First Henley Regatta held (it became the Henley Royal Regatta in 1851) 
Jun 17
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 1
Abdul-Medjid succeeds Mahmud II as Sultan of Turkey 
Jul 2
Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner La Amistad revolt to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another 
Jul 3
1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Mass, with 3 students 
Jul 27
Chartist riots break out in Birmingham, England 
Aug 8
Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio. 
Aug 19
Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris 
Aug 23
British capture Hong Kong from China 
Sep 2
Salon of Varietes opens in Amsterdam 
Sep 5
The First Opium War begins in China. 
Sep 6
Cherokee Nation forms 
Sep 6
Great fire in New York 
Sep 9
John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph 
Sep 11
1st Canadian track & field meet held (Caer Howell Grounds) 
Sep 20
1st railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem) 
Oct 10
British troops under Gen Charles Napier occupy Beirut 
Nov 3
1st opium war - 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks 
Nov 3
Palace of Gulhane Turkey, freedom of religion proclaimed 
Nov 4
The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain. 
Nov 11
The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia. 
Nov 13
1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY 
Nov 17
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan 
Nov 25
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 27
American Statistical Association organizes in Boston 
Dec 18
1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC 
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