Historical Events in 1842

  • 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
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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

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May 30th John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 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