Vulcanized rubber is invented by Charles Goodyear, leading eventually to the making of bicycle and car tyres.
A doctor earned £3.47 a week, or 3 pounds, 9 shillings and 4 pence in Victorian money.
Tea arrives for the first time in the UK from India, and the first game of baseball is played in America.
When top hats were first worn, children tried to knock them off by throwing rotten fruit and vegetables at them in a game known as 'topping'.
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Queen Victoria was 20 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 2 years when she became engaged to her cousin, Prince Albert.