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Events from the year
1839 in the United Kingdom.
Incumbents [ edit ]
January — The first
parallax measurement of the distance to Alpha Centauri is published by Thomas Henderson.  19 January —
British East India Company captures Aden. 25 January —
H. Fox Talbot shows his " photogenic drawings" at the Royal Institution in London. Sara Anne Bright is also producing such photographic reproductions this year.  29 January — Naturalist
Charles Darwin marries his cousin Emma Wedgwood at Maer, Staffordshire. February —
published. Report on the Affairs of British North America 26 February — First nationally recognised
Grand National run, at Aintree. It is won by Jem Mason riding Lottery.     9 March —
Anti-Corn Law League is organised.  26 March — The first
Henley Royal Regatta is held on the River Thames.  9 April — The world's first commercial electric
telegraph line comes into operation alongside the Great Western Railway line from London Paddington station to West Drayton. 19 April — The
Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom with its independence and neutrality guaranteed by Britain and the other great powers of Europe. May
1 May — Start of
Eyre's expeditions to the interior of South Australia. 7–11 May —
Bedchamber Crisis: Robert Peel asks that Queen Victoria dismiss her Ladies of the Bedchamber as a condition for his forming a government. Victoria refuses to accept the condition, and Melbourne is persuaded to stay on as Prime Minister.  13 May — First
Rebecca Riots targeted against Welsh turnpikes, at Efailwen in Carmarthenshire.  31 May — Important
British constitutional case of is launched when publisher Stockdale v Hansard John Joseph Stockdale sues for libel after John Roberton's pseudo-medical work On Diseases of the Generative System (1811) is declared in a parliamentary report to be indecent.  3 June —
Destruction of opium at Humen begins, for Britain to open the 3-year casus belli First Opium War against Qing dynasty China. 4 July —
Chartists riot in Birmingham.  15 July — First
clipper ship launched in Britain, the schooner Scottish Maid at Alexander Hall's yard in Aberdeen.  23 July — British forces under Sir
John Keane capture the fortress city of Ghazni, Afghanistan in the Battle of Ghazni during the First Anglo-Afghan War.  23 August — British forces seize
Hong Kong as a base, as it prepares to wage the First Opium War.  30 August — The
Eglinton Tournament, a recreation of a medieval tourney, takes place at Eglinton Castle, North Ayrshire, Scotland. 5 October —
James Clark Ross sets out on the Antarctic expedition of the HMS and Erebus HMS which will chart much of the coastline of the continent. Terror 19 October —
George Bradshaw publishes the first national railway timetable, Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling, in Manchester. 4 November —
Newport Rising: several thousand coal miners march on Newport, Monmouthshire, to liberate Chartist prisoners; 24 killed.  November — Launch of the first British ocean-going iron warship,
for the Nemesis East India Company, by William Laird at Birkenhead. 5 December —
Uniform Fourpenny Post introduced, a major postal reform, whereby 4d is levied for pre-paid letters up to half an ounce in weight instead of postage being calculated by distance and number of sheets of paper.  24 December — An enormous
landslide occurs at Axmouth, Devon. A report by geologists William Daniel Conybeare and William Buckland is one of the earliest scientific descriptions of such an event. 
Undated [ edit ]
Publications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ "Axmouth to Lyme Regis: The Undercliff, The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site" . Retrieved . 2007-09-12
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^ Friar, Stephen (2001). The Sutton Companion to Local History (rev. ed.). Stroud: Sutton Publishing. p. 243. ISBN 0-7509-2723-2.
^ Nelson, Sioban (2001). Say Little, Do Much: Nursing, Nuns and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-3614-9.
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