What Happened in January 1839

Historical Events

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 the "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 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Carl Humann, German engineer (d. 1896)
  • Jan 9 John Knowles Paine, composer, born in Portland, Maine
  • Jan 11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar
  • Jan 14 Emil Bohn, composer (d. 1909)
  • Jan 19 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 Paul Cézanne, French artist and Post-Impressionist painter (The Basket of Apples), born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1906)

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • Jan 25 Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 29 English Naturalist and author of Origin of the Species author Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 12 Joseph A Koch, Aust painter/cartoonist/etcher/illustrator, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Georg Abraham Schneider, German composer, dies at 38