Historical Events for Year 1847
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Jan 1st - Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment
Jan 1st - Neth's Haarlem's Current newspaper starts publishing
Jan 4th - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
Jan 9th - 1st SF newspaper published (California Star)
Jan 15th - 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
Jan 16th - John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
Jan 24th - 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price
Jan 30th - Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
Feb 4th - 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland
Feb 22nd - Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army
Feb 23rd - Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
Feb 25th - State University of Iowa is approved
Feb 28th - US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
Mar 1st - Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
Mar 3rd - US Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps
12th US President Zachary Taylor Mar 3rd - 9th Grand National: Denny Wynne aboard Mathew IRE wins
Mar 7th - US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz Mexico
Mar 10th - 1st money minted in Hawaii
Mar 14th - Premiere of Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence
Mar 18th - 1st Dutch public telegram
Mar 25th - Pope Pius IX encyclical "On aid for Ireland"
Mar 29th - 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico
Apr 14th - Persia & Osmaanse sign 2nd Treaty of Erzurum
Apr 28th - George B Vashon becomes 1st black to enter NY State Bar
May 2nd - Sabbath famine
May 4th - NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
May 5th - American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
May 7th - American Medical Association organizes (Phila)
May 8th - Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre
Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt May 24th - German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey
May 31st - Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens
Jun 10th - Chicago Tribune begins publishing
Jun 14th - Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner
Jun 22nd - Doughnut created
Jun 27th - New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires
Jul 1st - 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC
Jul 2nd - Envelope bearing 1st US 10 cent stamps used (still exists today)
Jul 10th - Urbain J J Leverrier & John Couch Adams, codiscoverers of Neptune, meet for 1st time at home of John Herschel
Jul 20th - German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young Jul 24th - Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 24th - Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC
Jul 26th - Moses Garrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride
Jul 26th - The Liberian Declaration of Independence is signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society
Jul 29th - Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States.
Aug 24th - Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"
Sep 8th - US under Gen Scott defeat Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey
Sep 10th - 1st theater opens in Hawaii
Sep 11th - 1st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)
Sep 12th - Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.
Sep 13th - American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
Sep 14th - US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma)
Father of American Music Stephen Foster Sep 16th - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
Oct 1st - Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet
Oct 1st - German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens AG & Halske.
Oct 16th - Charlotte Brontë's book "Jane Eyre" published
Oct 20th - Little William Nelman poisons his grandpa
Nov 10th - The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.
Nov 12th - Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
Nov 21st - Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200
Nov 25th - Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)
Novelist Charlotte Brontë Nov 26th - Alfred de Mussets "Un Caprice" premieres in Paris
Nov 28th - Bologna: church of San Francisco dei Minori Conventuali initiated with premier of Rossini's Tantum ergo
Nov 29th - Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore
Dec 3rd - Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"
Dec 5th - Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.