Historical Events in 1842

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  • Jan 1st 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • Jan 2nd 1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
  • Jan 6th 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before reaching India
  • Jan 7th Gioacchino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 8th Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
  • Jan 12th Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
  • Jan 13th Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for (reputedly) being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
  • Feb 7th Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • Feb 15th 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • Feb 21st 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC
  • Mar 2nd 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard Gaylad wins
  • Mar 3rd 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
  • Mar 3rd 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
  • Mar 5th Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.

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

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 17th Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square mile area in Upper Sandusky
  • Mar 30th Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Ga)
  • Apr 13th Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
  • May 5th City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
  • May 8th Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
  • May 14th Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • May 22nd Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.

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May 25th Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 30th John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Jul 9th Notary Stamp Law passes
  • Aug 1st Rotherhithe Tunnel under the Thames opens
  • Aug 1st Lombard Street Riot erupts
  • Aug 9th US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • Aug 14th Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • Aug 21st The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
  • Aug 29th Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
  • Aug 31st Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine
  • Aug 31st US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
  • Sep 4th Work on Cologne cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus
  • Sep 18th 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published

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Oct 15th Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • Nov 8th Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
  • Nov 9th The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City
  • Nov 17th Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • Nov 17th Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • Nov 22nd Mount St Helens in Washington erupts
  • Nov 26th The University of Notre Dame is founded.
  • Dec 7th New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
  • Dec 9th Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg
  • Dec 19th US recognizes independence of Hawaii