On This Day

What Happened on January 9, 1839

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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
  • Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri)

Famous Birthdays

  • John Knowles Paine, composer, born in Portland, Maine