What Happened in March 1842

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard Gaylad wins
  • Mar 3 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
  • Mar 3 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
  • Mar 5 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 17 Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square mile area in Upper Sandusky
  • Mar 30 Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Ga)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Nicholaos Gysis, Greek painter (d. 1901)
  • Mar 2 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • Mar 7 Anne CAI van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist
  • Mar 10 Ina Donna Coolbrith, US, poet laureate of Calif
  • Mar 18 Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)
  • Mar 22 Carl A N Rosa, German violinist/composer
  • Mar 22 Mykola Vytal'yevich Lysenko, composer
  • Mar 28 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officier (d. 1908)
  • Mar 30 John Fiske, [Edmund Fisk Green], US historian/philosopher

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 26 Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi (34) weds Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro (20) in Montevideo

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
  • Mar 7 Christian Theodor Weinlig, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 13 Henry Shrapnel, British soldier and inventor (b. 1761)
  • Mar 15 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • Mar 23 Stendhal, [Marie-Henri Beyle], French author (Lamiel), dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, French painter (b. 1755)