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What Happened in 1842

Historical 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 US Army Colonel Worth, after nearly 7 years; more than 3000 Seminole Nation survivors re-located from Florida to Oklahoma, only about 300 allowed to remain [1]

1842 in Music

Famous People in 1842

World Leaders in 1842

Would You Believe?

The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City

On November 9, 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

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Famous People Who Died in 1842

  • Jan 8 Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter, dies of typhoid fever at 39
  • Feb 18 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
  • Feb 21 Wojciech ┼╗ywny, Polish pianist, composer and Chopin's first piano teacher, dies at 85
  • Mar 4 James Forten, African-American abolitionist and businessman who used his wealth to push for civil rights and the abolition of slavery, dies at 75

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