What Happened in January 1842

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • Jan 2 1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn

Dickens Travels to America

Jan 3 Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine leave Liverpool, England for America on board the RMS Britannia

  • Jan 6 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before reaching India

Music History

Jan 7 Gioachino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris

  • Jan 8 Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
  • Jan 12 Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
  • Jan 13 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.
  • Jan 22 Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine
1842 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Amy Gaston Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, born in Paris (d. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • Jan 6 Clarence King, American geologist & mountaineer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1901)
  • Jan 7 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, born in Ullared, Sweden (d. 1908)

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Jan 11 American psychologist (The Principles of Psychology) and philosopher (Pragmatism), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 12 Francois Coppee, French poet, born in Paris (d. 1908)
  • Jan 15 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian nun & candidate for sainthood, born in Fitzroy, Australia (d. 1909)
  • Jan 15 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Albert Alonzo Ames, American politician, famously corrupt Mayor of Minneapolis, born in Garden Prairie, Illinois (d. 1911)
  • Jan 22 Henri MarĂ©chal, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • Jan 28 Vasily Osipovich Klyuchevsky, Russian imperial historian, born in Penza Governorate, Russia (d. 1911)
Born in 1842

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 31 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 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