What Happened in 1848

Significant Events

  • Feb 2 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • May 30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • Jun 22 Beginning of the June Days uprising in Paris by French workers
  • Jul 19 1st US women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organised by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott
  • Jul 29 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
  • Sep 16 Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • Dec 5 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1848

Famous People in 1848

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Mar 20 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
  • Apr 10 British influential art critic and social commentator John Ruskin marries Effie Gray in Perth, Scotland (later annulled).
  • Aug 10 Inventor Samuel Morse (57) weds Sarah Elizabeth Griswold in Utica, New York
  • Aug 22 Soldier and later US President Ulysses Grant (26) marries Julia Dent