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Notable Historical Events - 1850

1850Daniel Webster endorses Compromise of 1850

1850Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published

1850Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

1850Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans

1850British ex-Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel falls off his horse; de died three days later

1850Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth

1850Millard Fillmore sworn in as president of US (replacing Taylor)

1850Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany

1850 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 5
California Exchange opens 
Jan 18
British blockade Piraeus, Greece to enforce mercantile claims 
Jan 20
Investigator, 1st ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England 
Jan 22
Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in Calif 
Jan 26
1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC 
Jan 29
Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate 
Feb 5
Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY 
Feb 12
Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300 
Feb 18
California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties 
Feb 28
The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Mar 5
The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened. 
Mar 7
Daniel Webster endorses Compromise of 1850 
Mar 11
Woman's Medical College of Penn (1st female medical school) 
Mar 12
1st US $20 gold piece issued 
Mar 16
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published 
Mar 18
Henry Wells & William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo 
Mar 29
SS Royal Adelaide sinks in storm; 200 die 
Mar 31
US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)) 
Apr 1
SF County government established 
Apr 4
City of Los Angeles incorporated 
Apr 15
City of San Francisco incorporated 
Apr 25
Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices 
May 1
John Geary becomes 1st SF mayor 
May 11
Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco 
May 27
Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado 
Jun 4
Empire Engine Company No 1 organized 
Jun 4
Self-deodorizing fertilizer patented in England 
Jun 6
Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans 
Jun 14
Fire destroys part of San Francisco 
Jun 17
Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die) 
Jun 29
British ex-Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel falls off his horse; de died three days later 
Jun 29
Autocephaly Officially Granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to The Church of Greece. 
Jul 1
At least 626 ships lie at anchor around SF Bay 
Jul 2
Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus 
Jul 7
Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, W-Australia 
Jul 10
Millard Fillmore sworn in as president of US (replacing Taylor) 
Jul 12
Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts establishment of Provincial States 
Jul 14
1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration 
Jul 15
John Wisden bowls all 10 South batsmen, North v South at Lord's 
Jul 17
Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega) 
Jul 19
Airship Elizabeth leaves in storm for Fire Island, crashes (42 die) 
Jul 23
17th Postmaster General: Nathan K Hall of NY takes office 
Jul 25
Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River) 
Aug 23
1st national women's rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass 
Aug 28
Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany 
Aug 30
Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city 
Aug 31
California pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets 
Sep 9
Territories of New Mexico & Utah created 
Sep 9
California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state 
Sep 11
"Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind gives 1st US concert 
Sep 17
Great fire in San Francisco 
Sep 18
Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850 
Sep 20
Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue 
Sep 24
Papal Bull issued, establishes Roman Catholic hierarchy in England 
Sep 28
US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment 
Oct 12
First women's medical school (Women's Medical College of Penns), opens 
Oct 17
Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized 
Nov 6
1st Hawaiian fire engine 
Nov 6
Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (SF Bay) reserved for military use 
Nov 19
Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth 
Nov 29
The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, signed in Olomouc means diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation. 
Dec 16
Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand 
Dec 20
Hawaiian post office established 
Dec 27
Hawaiian Fire Dept established 
Dec 28
Rangoon Burma, destroyed by fire 
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