1839 in History – What happened in year 1839

✅ Published on April 4th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1839 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1839.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1839 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 januaryThe most damaging storm in 300 years swept across Ireland, with 100-knot winds damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.
09 januaryThe French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype photographic process, named after its inventor, French artist and chemist Louis Daguerre .
03 juneQing government official Lin Zexu precipitated the First Opium War by ordering the destruction of nearly 1.2 million kg (2.6 millionlbs) of opium in Humen, China.
23 augustAs it prepared for war against China's Qing Dynasty, an ensuing conflict that became known as the First Opium War, Britain captured theport of Hong Kong.
11 novemberThe Virginia Military Institute, currently the oldest statemilitary college in the United States, was founded.
17 novemberGiuseppe Verdi's first opera Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio,was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
05 SeptemberThe first opium war between China and Britain began in East China as trade disputes reached its climax.
20 SeptemberThe first railroad from Needleland to Amsterdam was inaugurated by Harlem.
19 AugustWorld Photography Day started when a report was presented about the discovery of the photo element.
18 DecemberJohn Draper of America first photographed a celestial body moon).
02 JanuaryFrench photographer Louis Daguerre displayed the first photo of the moon.
15 JanuaryEl Salvador formally gained independence following the dissolution of the Central American Union.
02 JanuaryFrench cinematographer Luis Dagre drew the moon for the first time.
24 FebruaryWilliam Otis received a patent for a steam shovel.
05 MarchLongwood University was established in Farmville, Virginia.
19 AprilThe Treaty of London made Belgium an independent empire and constituted Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy.
12 MayThe socialist activist Luis Augusti Blaqui and the Sएtete des Sassons launched a revolt against the French government.
07 JuneAerial Rights Declaration was signed.
01 JulyAbdul-Medzad succeeded Mahmud II as Sultan of Turkey.
08 AugustBeta Thita Pi was established in Oxford, Ohio.
05 SeptemberThe first opium war started in China.
15 OctoberAbdelkader El Dazazairi declared a jihad against the French.
11 NovemberThe Virginia Military Institute was established in Lexington, Virginia.
18 DecemberFirst Astronomical Photo Moon by John Draper) Made in America.

Famous birthdays in the year 1839:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 SeptemberHenry George / Author / United States of America
04 AugustWalter Pater / Author / United Kingdom
04 January Carl Humann / Archaeologist / Germany
06 February Eduard Hitzig / Neurologist / Germany
08 AugustNelson A. Miles / General / United States of America
09 January John Knowles Paine / Academic / United States of America
09 February Silas Adams / Lawyer / United States of America
10 SeptemberIsaac K. Funk / Publisher / United States of America
10 SeptemberCharles Sanders Peirce / Mathematician / United States of America
12 AprilNikolay Przhevalsky / Geographer / Russia
16 March John Butler Yeats / Painter / Ireland
16 NovemberLouis-Honoré Fréchette / Poet / Canada
18 JuneWilliam H. Seward Jr. / General / United States of America
18 NovemberAugust Kundt / Educator / Germany
20 NovemberChristian Wilberg / Painter / Germany
21 JuneJoaquim Maria Machado de Assis / Poet / Brazil
22 DecemberJohn Nevil Maskelyne / Magician / United Kingdom
25 JulyFrancis Garnier / Captain / France
27 March John Ballance / Politician / New Zealand
31 JulyIgnacio Andrade / Politician / Venezuela

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1839:

YearName / Profession / Country
03 March Jamsetji Tata / Business Man / India
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