1851 in History – What happened in year 1851

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

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 SeptemberJohn Clum / Journalist / United States of America
01 February Durham Stevens / Lawyer / United States of America
03 MayThomas Dewing / Painter / United States of America
03 JulyCharles Bannerman / Cricketer / United Kingdom
04 March Alexandros Papadiamantis / Poet / Greece
04 SeptemberJohn Dillon / Politician / Ireland
07 NovemberChris von der Ahe / Business Man / United States of America
09 JuneCharles Joseph Bonaparte / Politician / United States of America
12 JuneOliver Lodge / Academic / United Kingdom
14 MayAnna Laurens Dawes / Author / United States of America
15 February Spiru Haret / Mathematician / Romania
16 March Martinus Beijerinck / Biologist / Netherlands
16 January William Hall-Jones / Politician / New Zealand
17 January A. B. Frost / Author / United States of America
18 DecemberGraciano López Jaena / Journalist / Philippines
19 JuneSilvanus P. Thompson / Engineer / United Kingdom
20 AprilSiegmund Lubin / Business Man / United States of America
24 JulyFriedrich Schottky / Mathematician / Germany
27 March Ruperto Chapí / Composer / Spain
27 March Vincent d'Indy / Educator / France
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