Historical Events in 1846

  • Jan 1 Yucatan declares independence from Mexico
  • Jan 5 The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.

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Jan 21 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Jan 28 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • Jan 31 After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Feb 1 Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation
  • Feb 4 Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for settlement in the west
  • Feb 5 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • Feb 10 Beginning of Mormon march to western US
  • Feb 10 British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India
  • Feb 16 Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India
  • Feb 19 Texas state government formally installed in Austin
  • Feb 20 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
  • Feb 21 1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Mass
  • Feb 23 Polish revolutionaries march on Kraków, but are defeated
  • Mar 4 8th Grand National: William Taylor aboard Pioneer wins
  • Mar 13 Friedrich Hebbel's "Maria Magdalena" premieres in Königsberg

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Mar 25 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Sydney to a hero's welcome after completing his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Apr 25 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.
  • May 1 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • May 3 Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
  • May 4 US state Michigan ends death penalty
  • May 8 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • May 9 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • May 13 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
  • May 18 US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros
  • May 21 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

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May 24 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • Jun 5 Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia & Balt
  • Jun 8 Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu
  • Jun 10 Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre
  • Jun 14 Belgian Liberal Party forms
  • Jun 14 California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico
  • Jun 15 Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
  • Jun 19 First offically recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Jun 24 Residency tax on Jews of Hungary abolished
  • Jun 28 Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax
  • Jul 9 Capt Montgomery claims Yerba Buena (SF) for US
  • Jul 9 The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River (39 mi² or about 100 km²) is returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress.
  • Jul 21 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)
  • Aug 5 Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
  • Aug 10 US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex

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Aug 14 Henry David Thoreau jailed for refusing to pay taxes

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • Aug 14 The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
  • Aug 17 Commodore Robert F Stockton, US Navy, annexes California
  • Aug 18 General Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Aug 26 Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" premieres
  • Aug 26 W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF)
  • Sep 10 Elias Howe takes out a patent for the sewing machine
  • Sep 15 Jung Bahadur Rana grabs power in Nepal

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Sep 18 Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange last letters before eloping

  • Sep 23 Johann Gottfried Galle & Heinrich d'Arrest find Neptune
  • Sep 25 US troops under Gen Taylor occupies Monterey Mexico
  • Sep 30 Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth
  • Oct 10 Alexis de Tocqueville writes about "Algerian problem"
  • Oct 10 Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell
  • Oct 15 Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether
  • Oct 16 Dentist William T Morton demonstrates effectiveness of ether
  • Oct 28 Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die
  • Oct 31 Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
  • Nov 4 Benjamin Palmer patents artificial leg
  • Nov 5 Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C premieres
  • Dec 5 C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive
  • Dec 6 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)
  • Dec 8 Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" premieres
  • Dec 28 Iowa becomes 29th state the Union