On This Day

Year 1839 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 9 Daguerreotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
  • Jan 10 First tea from leaves of indigenous plants of Assam, India arrives in the United Kingdom [date approximate] [1]
  • Aug 19 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris
  • Sep 5 The First Opium War begins in China
  • Nov 25 Cyclone slams south eastern India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying city of Coringa. Storm waves sweep inland, destroying 20,000 ships and killing an estimated 300,000 people.
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Historical Marriages

  • Jan 29 English naturalist and "On the Origin of Species" author Charles Darwin (42) marries Emma Wedgwood (41)
  • Jun 18 Dutch prince Willem Alexander (later William III) weds cousin Princess Sophia
  • Jul 25 British PM William Gladstone (29) weds Catherine Glynne (27) in England