1851 in History – What happened in year 1851

In history, year 1851 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 1851.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1851:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 februaryThe largest bushfire in a populous region in Australian history swept across Victoria, resulting in approximately 5 million hectares burnt.
11 marchItalian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto was first performed at La Fenice in Venice.
01 mayThe Great Exhibition, the first ever world's fair, opened in London's Hyde Park.
22 augustThe yacht America won the first America's Cup race near the Isle of Wight, England.
18 septemberThe New York Times, the largest metropolitan newspaper in theUnited States, was founded.
18 octoberMoby-Dick, a novel by American writer Herman Melville, wasfirst published as The Whale.
24 octoberWilliam Lassell discovered the Uranian moons Umbriel and Ariel.
21 MaySlavery ended in Columbia, South America.
02 JuneFor the first time in America, the Prohibition of Alcohol Act was enacted in Maine province.
18 SeptemberThe New York Times newspaper began publication.
24 OctoberFirst telegraph line started between Calcutta and Diamond Harbor.
28 OctoberThe British Indian Association was established in Bengal.
22 AugustThe area of gold mines was discovered in Australia.
22 DecemberThe first freight train in the country was run from Roorkee.
28 JanuaryNorthwestern University was established in Illinois.
01 MarchVictor Hugo used the United States of Europe in a speech at the French National Assembly.
28 AprilSanta Clara College was founded in Santa Clara, California.
15 MayThe first Australian Gold Rush was announced, although the discovery was made three months earlier.
09 JuneSF Committee of Vigilance Forms was set up for the first time.
10 JulyPacific University was established as California Wesleyan College in Santa Clara, California.
22 AugustYacht America won the first American race cup off the coast of England.
15 SeptemberSt. Joseph's University founded in Philadelphia.
18 OctoberA great exhibition was closed in London.
26 NovemberTelegraph connection started between London and Paris.
09 DecemberThe first YMCA Montreal was established in North America.


Famous birthdays in the year 1851:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 February Durham Stevens / Lawyer / United States of America
05 NovemberCharles Dupuy / Politician / France
07 JulyCharles Albert Tindley / Composer / United States of America
08 JuneJacques-Arsène d'Arsonval / Physician / France
08 JulyArthur Evans / Academic / United Kingdom
08 SeptemberJohn Jenkins / Politician / United States of America
10 NovemberRichard Armstedt / Historian / Germany
12 JuneOliver Lodge / Academic / United Kingdom
14 DecemberMary Tappan Wright / Writer / United States of America
14 MayAnna Laurens Dawes / Author / United States of America
15 February Spiru Haret / Mathematician / Romania
18 DecemberGraciano López Jaena / Journalist / Philippines
20 AprilSiegmund Lubin / Business Man / United States of America
20 March Ismail Gasprinski / Educator / Ukraine
20 SeptemberHenry Arthur Jones / Playwright / United Kingdom
21 MayLéon Bourgeois / Politician / France
21 OctoberGeorge Ulyett / Cricketer / United Kingdom
23 JulyPeder Severin Krøyer / Painter / Denmark
23 SeptemberEllen Hayes / Astronomer / United States of America
27 March Ruperto Chapí / Composer / Spain

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