On This Day

What Happened in 1859

Important Events in 1859

  • Feb 4 One of the oldest known copies of the Bible, "The Codex Sinaiticus" (Sinai Bible), is seen in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf who takes the manuscript home with him
  • Apr 30 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)
  • Nov 24 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology

More Historical Events

1859 in Music

  • Mar 19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris

Did You Know?

Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US

On April 26, 1859


Famous People in 1859

World Leaders in 1859

Would You Believe?

Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

On September 17, 1859

Famous Weddings in 1859