Historical Events in 1843

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  • Jan 2nd Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden
  • Jan 4th Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 4th Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens
  • Feb 2nd US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
  • Feb 6th The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • Feb 11th Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 1st 5th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard Vanguard wins
  • Mar 3rd Congress appropriates $30,000 "to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs" by the US
  • Mar 7th 1st Catholic governor in US, Edward Kavanagh of Maine, takes office
  • Mar 14th Boston conducts its 1st town meeting (Faneuil Hall)
  • May 4th Great Britain annexes Natal
  • May 18th United Free Church of Scotland forms
  • May 22nd 1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon
  • Jun 1st It snows in Buffalo & Rochester NY & Cleveland Ohio

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1st Sojourner Truth leaves NY to begin her career as antislavery activist

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth
  • Jun 24th Vincenzo Soliva decrees no Jew can live outside ghetto in Italy
  • Jun 26th Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony

Person-of-interestThe Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

Jul 2nd An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina

  • Jul 5th Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12th Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • Jul 19th Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.
  • Aug 8th Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
  • Aug 15th National black convention meets (Buffalo NY)
  • Aug 15th Tivoli Park in Copenhagen opens
  • Aug 26th Charles Thurber patents a typewriter
  • Aug 30th 1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
  • Aug 31st Liberty Party nominates James Birneyas presidential candidate
  • Oct 1st News of the World began publication in London.
  • Oct 13th B'nai B'rith founded (NY)
  • Oct 14th British arrest Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy
  • Oct 16th Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.
  • Oct 20th 1st Chinese immigrant arrives in Suriname
  • Nov 13th Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts
  • Nov 27th Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London)
  • Nov 28th Ka Lahui: Hawaiian Independence Day - The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
  • Dec 1st 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens
  • Dec 4th Manila paper (made from sails, canvas & rope) patented, Mass
  • Dec 4th Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig
  • Dec 6th Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19th "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Dec 25th 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)