1840Queen Victoria of Great Britain marries Prince Albert.Ashes of Napoleon I deposited at the Invalides, Paris.James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pathfinder" becomes a bestseller.1841William Henry Harrison, 9th President of U.S. dies one month after his inauguration (b. 1773).John Tyler vice president succeeds President Harrison to become 10th President of U.S.U.S.S. "Creole" carrying slaves from Virginia to Louisiana is seized by the slaves and sails to Nassau where they become free.New Zealand becomes British colony.Barnum opens the "American Museum" in New York City exhibiting his freak shows.Tom Hyer, American boxer becomes first recognized champion.Population: America 17 million; Ireland 8 million; Great Britain 18.5 million."The New York Tribune" appears.First university degrees are granted to women in U.S.1843W.H. Ainsworth's "Windsor Castle" novel published.Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" and "A Christmas Carol" published.Dorothea Dix, American social reformer gives Congress a report exposing terrible conditions in prisons and asylums.S.F.B. Morse gets a grant from Congress ($30,000) to build the first telegraph line from Washington to Baltimore."Le Bal des Anglais," the world's first nightclub opens in Paris.Sequoya, Cherokee leader and inventor of the Cherokee alphabet dies (b.ca.1770).Skiing becomes a sport in Norway.1844First public bath houses open in Liverpool, England.Fredrich Gottlob Keller invents wood-pulp paper.1844U.S. Senate rejects Texas annexation plan.Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) founded in England by George Williams.1845Texas and Florida become states of the U.S.James K. Polk inaugurated as 11th President of U.S.Andrew Jackson dies.U.S. Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Md.1846Revolts break out in Poland.Iowa becomes a state of U.S.Hans Christian Andersen's autobiography "Fairy Tale of My Life" published.John Horseley designs first painted Christmas card.Famine in Ireland due to failure of potato crop causing a mass emigration to U.S.1847Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" published.Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" published.1848Revolt breaks out in Paris.Revolution in ViennaWisconsin becomes a state of U.S.First settlers arrive in New Zealand.Gold discoveries take place in Sutter's Mill, California.Chinese are brought to U.S. to work in California gold mines.First women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y.1849Zachary Taylor inaugurated as 12th President of U.S.Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" published.Edgar Allan Poe, American poet dies(b.1809).Gold prospectors rush to
1850U.S. President Zachary Taylor dies. Millard Filmore becomes the 13th president.California becomes a state of U.S.Population of U.S. 23 million.1851Cuba declares its independence.James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist dies.Hawthorne's "House of Seven Gables" published.Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" published.First double-decked bus introduced."The New York Times" appears.1852The Duke of Wellington dies.The U.S. imports sparrows from Germany to fight against an outbreak of caterpillars.Wells Fargo and Co. founded.1853Alexander Wood uses hypodermic syringe for injections.Queen Victoria is given chloroform during the birth of her seventh child ensuring Britain that it is a safe procedure.First railroad through the Alps.Vaccination against smallpox is made mandatory in Britain.1854Republican Party formed in U.S.Kansas-Nebraska Act takes Indian Territory for U.S.1855Czar Nicholas I of Russia dies. Succeeded by Alexander II.Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha" published.Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" published.London sewers are improved after outbreak of cholera.Florence Nightingale introduces hygiene into military hospitals.Paris World Fair.1857James Buchanan inaugurated as 15th President of U.S.Irish Republican Brotherhood founded.1858The Virgin Mary is reported to appear to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France.National Association of Baseball Players organized in America.Minnesota becomes a state of U.S.1859Oregon becomes a state of U.S.Dicken's "A Tale of Two Cities" published.Baseball Club of Washington, D.C. organized.
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