Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

May 14, 1853

On May 14, 1853, Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patented his process for condensed milk. That’s right, his process. In 1853, Gail was a boy’s name. Well, it really wasn’t, but he was Gail Borden, Jr. Which … Continue reading

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May 11, 1812

On May 11, 1812, the Waltz was introduced into English ballrooms. Many observers considered it to be disgusting and immoral, especially the way the couples clung tightly to each other and spun around like tops. They at first considered it … Continue reading

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May 10, 1879

On May 10, 1879, a 455-pound meteorite fell to earth a few miles north of Estherville, Iowa. This is the largest known meteorite to land in North America that has been documented. It should be noted that after the crash … Continue reading

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May 1, 1852

On May 1, 1852, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first part of their German Dictionary, proving that the Germans have a word for everything. The pleasure you get from another’s misfortune, the Germans have a word for that. It’s … Continue reading

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April 29, 1879

On April 29, 1879, in Cleveland, Ohio, electric arc lights are used for the first time. Moths are immediately attracted and addicted. The new, brighter, artificially created lights seemed to have a stronger and more immediate reaction from the moths … Continue reading

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April 28, 1896

On April 28, 1896, the Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan. What is the Addressograph you ask? It was a machine that would print addresses on letters, thereby speeding up the process of mass mailings. Thank you J.S. Duncan, because … Continue reading

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April 25, 1886

On April 25, 1886, Sigmund Freud opened his practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna, Austria. The world learned that a cigar is never just a cigar, all men want to return to the womb subconsciously, and that dream where you see … Continue reading

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April 24, 1895

On April 24, 1895, American Joshua Slocum started his journey that would see him finish the first solo circumnavigation of the world. He left Boston, Massachusetts in his sloop, the “Spray” and sailed single-handed around the world. He stopped at … Continue reading

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April 20, 1818

On April 20, 1818, in England, the last trial by combat was claimed. In trial by combat, the defendant and the accuser face each other in a 60 foot square, after taking oaths against using witchcraft and sorcery. If the … Continue reading

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April 19, 1861

On April 19, 1861 Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe completed a test flight of a hot air balloon that he was going to try and use to make a transatlantic attempt. He sailed 900 miles in nine hours from Cincinnati, Ohio … Continue reading

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