From The Daily Bleed:
1859 — US: Self-coronation of Emperor Norton I of America, in Frisco, California.
Joshua Norton, who lost his money in an attempt to corner the rice market, declares himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico:
"At the peremptory request of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, & now for the past nine years & ten months of San Francisco, California, declare & proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S., & in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested do hereby order & direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall of this city, on the 1st day of February next, then & there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, & thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home & abroad, in our stability & integrity."
— Norton I, Emperor of the United States, September 17, 1859
Emperor Norton: Live like him.