What Happened in 1849

Historical Events

  • Jan 13 Vancouver Island granted to Hudson's Bay Company
  • Jan 23 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in the US to earn a medical degree
  • Jan 23 US Patent granted for an envelope-making machine to Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson
  • Jan 31 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
  • Feb 4 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
  • Feb 8 New Roman Republic established in Italy
  • Feb 9 Roman Republic declared in Rome replacing following flight of Pope Pius IX
  • Feb 14 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).
  • Feb 18 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)
  • Feb 28 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

On April 10, 1849


World Leaders in 1849

Famous People in 1849

Would You Believe?

US had no president, Polks term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn't be sworn-in, Senator David Atchison (pres pro tem) term ended Mar 3rd

On March 4, 1849

Famous Weddings

  • May 29 Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (26) weds secretary Marie Laurent (23) in Strasbourg, France
  • Jul 26 Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott (28) weds Mary Bethune at bride's parents home

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 28 Dutch princess Marianne & Prince Albert of Prussia separate