What Happened in 1859

Significant Events

  • Feb 4 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt
  • 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"
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Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US

On April 26, 1859

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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

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