May 23
Today In History

Historical Events in 1851

1851 On this day in 1851, the enchanting sounds of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" filled the air in Venice during its first-ever performance, marking a significant event in the world of music.

1851 Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand after the death of his half-brother, Rama III.

1851 Queen Victoria inaugurates The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London, a remarkable showcase of industry, art, and culture from around the world.

1851 The first Australian gold rush is officially proclaimed, though the discovery had occurred months earlier, setting off a rush of fortune-seekers and changing the course of history.

1851 Slavery met its end in Colombia, marking a profound moment in the nation's history and the abolitionist movement.

1851 Sojourner Truth delivered her powerful and historic "Ain't I a Woman?" speech on May 29th, 1851, at the Woman's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. Her passionate advocacy for women's rights and equality left an indelible mark on the suffrage movement.

1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe's literary masterpiece, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," commenced its ten-month serialization in the National Era abolitionist newspaper. This iconic work ignited the abolitionist movement.

1851 Annibale de Gasparis, the intrepid astronomer, captures the imagination of the world as he discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia, a celestial jewel in the tapestry of the night sky.

1851 A significant milestone in the history of sewing is reached when Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his groundbreaking sewing machine.

1851 The inaugural America's Cup victory by the yacht America sets the stage for a prestigious sailing competition that endures to this day.

1851 The Christiana Resistance sees escaped slaves, led by William Parker, fiercely defending their freedom by repelling a slave owner and a federal marshal seeking to reclaim them. This event fuels the debate between slavery proponents and abolitionists.

1851 The first edition of The New-York Daily Times, later evolving into The New York Times, hits the streets, beginning a legacy of journalistic excellence.

1851 The literary world is forever altered as Herman Melville's magnum opus, "Moby-Dick," is unveiled to the public for the first time under the title "The Whale." This epic tale of obsession and revenge would go on to captivate generations of readers.

1851 William Lassell's discovery of Uranus's moons Umbriel and Ariel expanded our understanding of the distant solar system.

1851 On this day in 1851, Kentucky marshals abducted abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, taking him to Kentucky for trial on charges of assisting a slave in escaping.

1851 The Denny Party's landing at Alki Point marked the early days of Seattle's history. This adventurous group of pioneers played a pivotal role in shaping the city's future.

1851 Herman Melville's timeless masterpiece, "Moby-Dick," sets sail into the literary world, introducing readers to Captain Ahab's relentless pursuit of the great white whale.

1851 A mutiny in the Chilean penal colony of Punta Arenas shook the Strait of Magellan, altering the course of events in this remote corner of South America.

1851 Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte's coup ended the Second Republic, ushering in the Second French Empire and a new chapter in French politics.

1851 The Battle of Loncomilla signals the twilight of the 1851 Chilean Revolution, with conservative forces prevailing in Santiago.

1851 The establishment of the first YMCA in North America, located in Montreal, marked the beginning of an organization dedicated to promoting community and physical fitness.

1851 A pioneering moment in Indian history as the first-ever freight train embarks on its journey in Roorkee, dedicated to transporting materials for the monumental construction of the Ganges Canal.

1851 The nation's cultural treasure trove, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., falls victim to a devastating fire, marking a somber day in the history of knowledge preservation.

1851 Northwestern University's charter as the first university in Illinois signifies a milestone in American education.

1851 Victoria's state history is forever etched by the largest Australian bushfires in a populous region, an event that tests the resilience and solidarity of its people.

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