Historical Events in 1842

  • Jan 1 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • Jan 2 1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
  • Jan 6 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before reaching India
  • Jan 7 Gioacchino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 8 Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
  • Jan 12 Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
  • Jan 13 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 7 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • Feb 15 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • Feb 21 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C.
  • 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
Composer
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)
  • Apr 13 Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
  • May 5 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
  • May 8 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
  • May 14 Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • May 22 Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 30 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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