What Happened in 1842

Significant Events

  • Feb 7 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien
  • Aug 14 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • Aug 29 Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
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World Leaders in 1842

Famous People in 1842

Would You Believe?

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.

On January 13, 1842

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 31 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House
  • Mar 26 Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi (34) weds Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro (20) in Montevideo
  • Apr 12 Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (22) weds queen Adelaide of Austria (20) at Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi
  • Jul 9 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston
  • Oct 8 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Thomas Freanby, Norwegian landscape painter, dies
  • Feb 18 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
  • Feb 21 Wojciech Zywny, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 6 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
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