1851 events in history

Jan 28 Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois
Feb 6 The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria
Feb 12 Edward Hargraves announces that he has found gold in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, starting the Australian gold rushes
Mar 11 The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice
Mar 27 First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans
Apr 2 Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand
May 1 Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London
May 21 Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America
Jun 5 Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper
Jul 29 Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia
Aug 12 Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine
Aug 22 The first America's Cup is won by the yacht America
Sep 11 Christiana Resistance: Escaped slaves stand against their former owner in armed resistance in Christiana, Pennsylvania, creating a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement
Sep 15 Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 18 First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times
Oct 18 Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London
Oct 24 William Lassell, discovers the moons Umbriel, and Ariel, orbiting Uranus
Nov 9 Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape
Nov 13 The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, before moving to the other side of Elliott Bay to what would become Seattle
Dec 2 French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic
Dec 9 The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal
Dec 22 India's first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India
Dec 24 Library of Congress burns
Dec 29 The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts