Charles Dickens born.
Charles Dickens born in February, the second child and first son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow in Landport, then just outside Portsmouth. He was christened a month later Charles John Huffam Dickens at St. Mary’s Church, Portsea. John worked as a pay clerk in the nearby naval Dockyard.
In the Spring of 1836, Charles Dickens marries Catherine Hogarth at St. Lukes, Chelsea. Catherine was the daughter of Scottish writer of George Hogarth, who had worked with Charles at The Morning Chronicle and The Evening Chronicle newspapers. The couple honeymoon for a week in Chalk, Kent.
The Pickwick Papers.
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly referred to now as The Pickwick Papers, was Charles Dickens’s first novel, originally published as a monthly serial between March 1836 and October 1837. Its popularity helped propel Dickens to one of the foremost writers of the time.
Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent becomes Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland following the death of King William IV. She will reign until her death in 1901.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Monthly serial, published between April 1870 and September 1870. Written whilst Dickens was living at Gad’s Hill. Only six of twelve planned numbers completed before the authors death.
Death of Charles Dickens.
At around 6pm on 8 June 1870, Charles Dickens suffers a seizure at his Gad’s Hill residence. His old friend and family doctor, Frank Beard, is sent for and arrives about midnight. Dickens passes away at around 6pm on 9 June, around twenty-four hours after the initial seizure. Five days later, Charles Dickens is buried in a service at Westminster Abbey.