1838 – He was born on the 12th of December.
– He served as a military stenographer in the Union Army in the Civil War.
1873–1874 – He produced a catalog of double stars.
– He became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
– He continued to identify double stars and later published the General Catalogue of 1290 Double Stars.
– He later increased this number to 13,665 double stars.
– Burnham discovered the first example of, what would be called a-half century later, a Herbig-Haro object: Burnham’s Nebula (now labeled as HH255).
1894 – He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
1921 – He died on the 11th of March.