Book - 1851
Good condition set of three. The May to Aug volume has a 1 inch veneer from the spine missing. Its just a blemish and nothing structural or serious but just not as attractive. Im not lowering the price for that but seeing as I have noiced it I thought i'd say.
12 March — Foundation of Owens College, Manchester, predecessor of the Victoria University of Manchester.
30 March — The United Kingdom Census 1851 is the first to include detailed ages, date of birth, occupations, and marital status of those listed. The population of the UK is revealed to have reached 21 million. 6.3 million live in cities of 20,000 or more in England and Wales and cities of 20,000 or more account for 35% of the total English population. Uniquely, this census also counts attendance at places of religious worship. As part of the legacy of the Great Irish Famine, the population of Ireland has fallen to 6,575,000 – a drop of 1.6 million in ten years.
6 April — Henry Edward Manning received into the Roman Catholic Church.
1 May — The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London is opened by Queen Victoria.
26 May — First international chess tournament held in London, organised by Howard Staunton.
24 June — Abolition of the Window Tax.
July — The banker David Salomons attempts to occupy the seat to which he has been elected in the House of Commons but is prevented from doing so since, as a Jew, he is unable to take the oath in the prescribed form.
22 August — First international challenge for the 100 Guineas Cup yacht race (later known after the winner, America, as the America's Cup) held around the Isle of Wight.
15 October — End of the Great Exhibition.
24 October — Ariel and Umbriel, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Lassell.
13 November — First protected submarine telegraph cable laid, across the English Channel.
19 December — Palmerston dismissed as Foreign Secretary for sending a congratulatory telegram to Napoleon III on his recent coup d'ėtat.