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Caricature of the fights on the Münsterhof at the Züriputsch, Swiss picture calendar for the year 1840
By the reactionary züriputsch which is
radical-liberal government of the canton of Zurich overthrown.
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1844, photo by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot
The French painter Louis Daguerre describes the principle of the daguerreotype before the Académie française .
Sengbe Pieh, leader of the uprising (portrait from 1839)
Sengbe Pieh and other Africans take control of the slave ship La Amistad .
Opening of the Leipzig – Dresden Railway, contemporary presentation
By the Leipzig-Dresden Railway Company operated Leipzig-Dresden railway , the first railway trunk Germany , is completed.
1839 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1287/88 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1831/32 (September 11-12)
Bengali solar calendar 1244/45 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2382/83 (southern Buddhism); 2381/82 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 75th (76th) cycle

Year of the Earth-Pig己亥 ( at the beginning of the year Earth-Dog 戊戌)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1201/02 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4172/73 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1217/18
Islamic calendar 1254/1255 (turn of the year 16/17 March)
Jewish calendar 5599/5600 (September 8/9)
Coptic calendar 1555/56 (September 11-12)
Malayalam calendar 1014/15
Seleucid era Babylon: 2149/50 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2150/51 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1895/96 (April)


Politics and world events



South America

North and Central America

Amistad revolt


Voyages of discovery


Business start-ups


End of the Leipzig train station in Dresden (1839)

science and technology

Description of the daguerreotype


  • March 23 : The use of OK as an abbreviation for oll korrect is documented for the first time in the Boston Morning Post .

Visual arts

Spitzweg: The poor poet


Nicholas Nickleby, illustration by Hablot Browne , 1839

Music and theater




  • November 25 : About India raging cyclone , the tidal waves brings. The disaster costs an estimated 300,000 deaths. The port city of Coringa is totally destroyed and no longer rebuilt afterwards.



January February

Paul Cézanne, around 1861
Josiah Willard Gibbs

March April

May June

Hilaire de Chardonnet, 1926

July August

John D. Rockefeller, around 1875

September October

Alfred Sisley

November December

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

Ludwig Berger, drawing by Philipp Otto Runge, 1801/02

Second half of the year

Friedrich Mohs, 1832

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