End of the Irish potato famine.
The United States Republican Party is founded.
Foundation of the University of Sydney, the oldest in Australia.
January 4 - The first American ice-skating club is formed (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
January 29 - Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the United States Congress.
February 28 - University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.
March 7 - United States Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech in
which he endorses the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
March 18 - American Express is founded by Henry Wells & William Fargo.
April 4 - Los Angeles, California is incorporated as a city.
July 9 - President Zachary Taylor dies while in office and Millard Fillmore becomes the 13th
President of the United States (he is inaugurated the next day).
August 28 - Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin premieres.
September 9 - California is admitted as the 31st U.S. state.
September 9 - New Mexico Territory is organized by order of the U.S. Congress.
December 16 - The first four ships arrived at Lyttelton to settle Christchurch, New Zealand.Births
January 21 - Paul Vinzenz Busch
, ringmaster (+ 1927).
January 27 - Samuel Gompers
, labor union leader (+ 1924).
February 24 - Klazina van den Houten
March 8 - Aren de Vries
March 27 - Jan Jonker
April 7 - Willem van den Houten
May 1 - Prince Arthur
of the United Kingdom, third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert,
later Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.
May 12 - Henry Cabot Lodge
, U.S. statesman (+ 1924).
July 15 - Jacobus de Jong
August 7 - Cornelis of Kornelis van den Houten
August 14 - Jan Roos
September 2 - Albert Spalding
, baseball player and sporting goods manufacturer.
September 21 - Willemina Mechtelina Johanna van den Houten
September 29 - Maarten van den Houten
September 29 - Aart Verschoor
October 19 - Dingeman Barbier
November 13 - Robert Louis Stevenson
November 24 - Francina van der Mast
April 4 - Neeltje van den Houten
April 4 - Geertje Natte
July 8 - Prince Adolphus
of the United Kingdom, 1st Duke of Cambridge.
July 9 - Zachary Taylor
, President of the United States.
August 18 - Honore de Balzac
October 25 - Leendert Vreeswijk
November 19 - Richard Mentor Johnson
, Vice President of the United States.To my Homepage