1859 in History – What happened in year 1859

In history, year 1859 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 1859.

Know what happened in 1859:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 JuneQueen Victoria signed letters patent separating the colony ofQueensland from New South Wales.
15 JuneThe shooting of a pig in the San Juan Islands led to the so-called Pig War over the border between the United States and BritishNorth America.
16 OctoberHoping to start an armed slave revolt, American abolitionistJohn Brown led a raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, WestVirginia.
17 FebruaryThe French Navy captured the Citadel of Saigon, a fortress that was manned by 1,000 Nguy?n Dynasty soldiers, en route to conquering Saigon and other regions of southern Vietnam.
30 JuneFrench acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Gorge on atightrope, turning him into one of the world's most famous tightropewalkers.
24 NovemberOn the Origin of Species by British naturalist Charles Darwinwas first published, and sold out its initial print run on the firstday.
17 SeptemberDisgruntled with the legal and political structures of theUnited States, Joshua Norton distributed letters to various newspapersin San Francisco, proclaiming himself Emperor Norton.
27 AugustEdwin Drake successfully drilled for oil in Titusville,Pennsylvania, US, resulting in the Pennsylvania oil rush and the birthof the modern oil industry.
04 FebruaryGerman scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered theCodex Sinaiticus, a 4th century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, inSaint Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.
04 AprilBryant's Minstrels premiered the popular American song 'Dixie'in New York City as part of their blackface minstrel show.
04 February German scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered theCodex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, inSaint Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.
06 JuneQueen Victoria signed letters patent separating the colony ofQueensland from New South Wales.
24 NovemberOn the Origin of Species by British naturalist Charles Darwinwas first published, and sold out its initial print run on the firstday.
15 NovemberSponsored by businessman Evangelos Zappas, the first modernrevival of the Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece.
15 JuneThe shooting of a pig in the San Juan Islands led to the so-called Pig War over the border between the United States and British, North America.
30 JuneFrench acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Gorge on atightrope, turning him into one of the world's most famous tightropewalkers.
04 FebruaryGerman scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, in Saint Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.
17 FebruaryThe French Navy captured the Citadel of Saigon, a fortress that was manned by 1, 000 Nguy?n Dynasty soldiers, en route to conquering Saigon and other regions of southern Vietnam.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1859:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 AugustKnut Hamsun / Writer / Norway
06 SeptemberMacpherson Robertson / Business Man / Australia
09 OctoberAlfred Dreyfus / Colonel / France
09 February Akiyama Yoshifuru / General / Japan
10 January Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia / Academic / Spain
11 SeptemberVjenceslav Novak / Author / Croatia
12 AugustKatharine Lee Bates / Poet / United States of America
12 MayFrank Wilson / Politician / United Kingdom
14 February George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. / Engineer / United States of America
16 March Alexander Stepanovich Popov / Academic / Russia
17 OctoberChilde Hassam / Painter / United States of America
17 SeptemberI. L. Patterson / Politician / United States of America
21 DecemberGustave Kahn / Poet / France
21 March Daria Pratt / Golfer / United States of America
22 MayArthur Conan Doyle / Writer / Britain
27 January Wilhelm II / Emperor  / Germany
27 March George Giffen / Cricketer / Australia
29 DecemberVenustiano Carranza / Politician / Mexico
30 January Tony Mullane / Baseball Player / United States of America
30 JulyHenry Simpson Lunn / Politician / United Kingdom

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