Historical Events in April 1859

  • Apr 4 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
  • Apr 4 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
  • Apr 6 US recognizes Liberal government in Mexico's War of Reform
  • Apr 12 Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of SF incorporates
  • Apr 25 Ground broken for Suez Canal
  • Apr 26 Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US
  • Apr 27 "Pomona" sinks in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard

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Apr 30 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Apr 30 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires