Historical Events in October 1859

Historic Event

Oct 12 Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress

Historic Event

Oct 16 Abolitionist John Brown leads 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia

  • Oct 19 Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope
  • Oct 26 Steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, Wales;, in a storm that took down over 100 vessels; approximately 450 passengers and crew killed on voyage returning to Liverpool from Australia
  • Oct 29 Spain declares war on Morocco