January 23 - The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in Oregon is named after
Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning.
March 27 - First reported case of white men seeing Yosemite Valley.
March 30 - A population census was taken of all people living in the United Kingdom.
May 1 - The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London is opened by Queen Victoria. It
runs until October 15.
May 15 - Rama IV is crowed King of Thailand.
July - The immortal game, a famous chess game, is played.
July 29 - Annibale de Gasparis, in Naples, Italy discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
November 13 - The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what will
become Seattle, Washington.
December 2 - Newly-elected French President Louis Napoleon Bonaparte violently
overthrows the Second Republic.
December 24 - The Library of Congress burns.
December 29 - The first YMCA opens, in Boston, Massachusetts.
The first America's Cup is organized (see Yachting).
Gold discovered in Australia.
The New York Times is founded.
Ariel and Umbriel, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Lassell.Births
January 19 - Jacobus Kapteyn
, Dutch astronomer.
January 26 - Johannes Robijn
February 8 - Isabella Cornelisse
February 12 - Jacob van den Houten
February 13 - Jannetje van den Houten
February 22 - Maria Johanna Letzer
March 4 - Bastiaantje Tholenaars
March 27 - Vincent d'Indy
, composer and teacher (+ 1931).
March 28 - Lena van den Houten
April 17 - Lambrecht Dekker
April 21 - Charles Barrois
April 24 - Sara van den Houten
May 20 - Emil Berliner
, telephone and recording pioneer.
August 19 - Leendert Vreeswijk
September 15 - Marinus van den Houten
September 23 - Adriaan Maller
October 6 - Dimmen Soeteman
October 25 - Jan Jacobus (Jan Jakobus) van den Houten
October 31 - Princess Louise
December 5 - Cornelis (Kornelis) van den Houten
December 26 - Dimmen van den Houten
January 11 - Stillborn (girl) van den Houten
December 8 - Stillborn (girl) Keuse
February 1 - Mary Shelley
March 9 - Hans Christian Ørsted
September 11 - Sylvester Graham
inventor of Graham cracker.
October 7 - Leendert Vreeswijk
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