On This Day

What Happened in 1839

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Daguerreotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
  • Jan 10 First tea from leaves of indigenous plants of Assam, India arrives in the United Kingdom [date approximate] [1]
  • Aug 19 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris
  • Sep 5 The First Opium War begins in China
  • Nov 25 Cyclone slams south eastern India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying city of Coringa. Storm waves sweep inland, destroying 20,000 ships and killing an estimated 300,000 people.
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1839 in Sport

  • Feb 26 1st Grand National steeplechase, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool: Jem Mason wins aboard 5/1 favourite Lottery

Did You Know?

Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner La Amistad revolt to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another

On July 2, 1839

Famous People in 1839

World Leaders in 1839

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 29 English naturalist and "On the Origin of Species" author Charles Darwin (42) marries Emma Wedgwood (41)
  • Jun 18 Dutch prince Willem Alexander (later William III) weds cousin Princess Sophia
  • Jul 25 British PM William Gladstone (29) weds Catherine Glynne (27) in England