On This Day

What Happened in March 1842

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard 7/1 Gaylad wins by 4 lengths from Seventy Four
  • Mar 3 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 3 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony in Leipzig

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • Mar 5 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.

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Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 17 Treaty of 1842: Wyandotte (Huron) Indian nation cedes 114,000 acres of land in Ohio and Michigan to US, in exchange for 148,000 acres west of the Mississippi [1] [2]
  • Mar 30 Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Georgia)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Nicholaos Gysis, Greek painter (d. 1901)
  • Mar 2 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • Mar 10 Ina Donna Coolbrith, American poet laureate of Calif
  • Mar 18 Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)
  • Mar 22 Carl Rosa, German violinist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1889)
  • Mar 22 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • Mar 30 John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green], American historian/philosopher

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 26 Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi (34) weds Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro (20) in Montevideo

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
  • Mar 7 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 13 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • Mar 23 Stendhal [Marie-Henri Beyle], French author (Le Rouge et de Noir, a Chartreuse de Parme), dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, French painter (b. 1755)