Historical Events in January 1839

Famous Photo

Jan 2 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)

  • Jan 6 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as the "Big Wind"
  • Jan 9 Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri)
  • Jan 10 First tea from leaves of indigenous plants of Assam, India arrives in the United Kingdom [date approximate] [1]
  • Jan 11 Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die
  • Jan 12 Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
  • Jan 19 Aden conquered by British East India Company
  • Jan 20 Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance

Election of Interest

Jan 24 Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Famous Photo

Jan 25 Henry Fox Talbot exhibits early photographs to the Royal Institution in the UK