Historical Events in 1742

  • Jan 24 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
  • Feb 1 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
  • Feb 2 British Walpole government resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, enobled as 1st Earl of Orford

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 16 Spencer Compton becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (First Lord of the Treasury)

British Prime Minister Spencer Compton
British Prime Minister
Spencer Compton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

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