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Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
- February 6 - The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
- February 11 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi premieres in Milan
- May 22 - The first major wagon train headed for the northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.
- October 13 - In New York City, Henry Jones and 11 others found B'nai B'rith (the oldest Jewish service organization in the world).
- December 17 - First publication of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
- Quaternions are discovered by William Rowan Hamilton.
- The Economist is first published.
- Bishop's University is founded.
Year in topic
- January 10 - Frank James, American outlaw (+ 1915)
- January 29 - William McKinley, 25th President of the United States (+ 1901
- April 4 - William Jackson, photographer
- April 25 - Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- June 3 - Frederick VIII of Denmark, King
- June 15 - Edvard Grieg, composer (+ 1907)
- August 1 - Robert Todd Lincoln, American statesman, businessman (+ 1926)
- December 11 - Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (+ 1910)