1850 in History – What happened in year 1850

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

In history, year 1850 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 1850.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1850 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 marchIn support of the Compromise of 1850, United States Senator Daniel Webster gave his 'Seventh of March' speech, which was so unpopular among his constituency he was forced to resign.
27 marchSan Diego, the first European settlement in what is now California, was incorporated as a city.
15 mayMembers of the 1st Cavalry Regiment of the United StatesCavalry massacred at least 135 Pomo Indians in Lake County, California.
19 juneLouise of the Netherlands married Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.
09 julyFollowing Zachary Taylor's death, Millard Fillmore becamePresident of the United States, the last member of the Whig Party tohold that office.
29 augustGerman composer Richard Wagner's romantic opera Lohengrin,containing the Bridal Chorus, was first performed under the direction ofFranz Liszt in Weimar, present-day Germany.
23 octoberThe first National Women's Rights Convention, presided over byPaulina Kellogg Wright Davis, was held in Worcester,Massachusetts, US.
17 JulyThe Harvard Observatory took the first photograph of the star.
09 SeptemberCalifornia became the 31st state of the US.
28 SeptemberThe punishment for whipping in the US Navy was abolished.
31 JanuaryThe largest mass movement started in China under the name Tae Pingha. Tae Pingha is a Chinese word which means public determination.
22 JanuaryAlta California is a daily paper first published in Calif.
28 FebruaryThe University of Utah opened in Salt Lake City Utah.
19 MarchAmerican Express was founded by Henry Wells & William Fargo.
01 AprilSF County Government was established.
01 MayJohn Geary became the first mayor of San Francisco.
04 JunePetrochemical self-deodorizing fertilizer was produced in England.
14 JulyThe first public display of freezer made ice.
23 AugustThe first American National Women's Rights Conference was held in Worcester, Massachusetts.
09 SeptemberCalifornia was accepted as the thirty-first state of the Union.
12 OctoberThe first women's medical school, the Women's Medical College of Pens) was opened.
06 NovemberYerba, Buena, and Angel Islands (SF Bay) were reserved for military use.
28 DecemberRangoon and Burma were destroyed by fire.


Famous birthdays in the year 1850:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 SeptemberJim O'Rourke / Baseball Player / United States of America
05 AugustGuy de Maupassant / Writer / France
05 SeptemberJack Daniel / Business Man / United States of America
07 January Joseph James Fletcher / Biologist / Australia
07 March Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk / Politician / Czechoslovakia
09 MayEdward Weston (chemist) / Chemist / United States of America
11 January Joseph Charles Arthur / Pathologist / United States of America
11 JulyAnnie Armstrong / Missionary / United States of America
12 MayFrederick Holder / Politician / Australia
13 NovemberRobert Louis Stevenson / Poet / Scotland
14 January Pierre Loti / Author / France
14 SeptemberAnton Mahnič / Philosopher / Slovenia
18 OctoberBasil Hall Chamberlain / Author / United Kingdom
18 JuneRichard Heuberger / Composer / Austria
21 MayGiuseppe Mercalli / Priest / Italy
25 AugustCharles Richet / Physiologist / France
26 OctoberGrigore Tocilescu / Archaeologist / Romania
27 JuneLafcadio Hearn / Author / Japan
27 January John Collier / Author / United Kingdom
27 JuneJørgen Pedersen Gram / Academic / Denmark
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