Historical Events in January 1839

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 24 Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin