Historical Events in 1742

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  • Jan 24th German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
  • Feb 1st Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
  • Feb 2nd British Walpole government resigns
  • Feb 9th Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, enobled as 1st Earl of Orford
  • Feb 16th Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier (First Lord of the Treasury)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Apr 13th George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

Victory-in-battleVictory in Battle

May 17th Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • May 28th 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
  • Jun 9th Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jun 11th Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Jul 28th Prussia & Austria sign peace treaty
  • Aug 29th Edmond Hoyle published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist
  • Sep 24th Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to public
  • Nov 18th Prussia & Brtain sign anti-French military covenant
  • Dec 1st Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
  • Dec 13th Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes