On This Day

What Happened on January 9, 1839

Historical Events


Famous PhotoFirst Photograph of a Person

Daguerreotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science

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In the bottom left corner a man can be seen having his shoes shined on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris
In the bottom left corner a man can be seen having his shoes shined on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris
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  • Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri)

Famous Birthdays

  • John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
1839 Highlights

About January 9, 1839

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 182 years, 2 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn