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Notable Historical Events - 1851

1851"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville published

1851Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

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