What Happened in 1843

Significant Events

  • Feb 1 Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America - The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens
  • May 22 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon
  • Jul 19 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world
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1843 in Music

Did You Know?

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

On December 19, 1843


World Leaders in 1843

Famous People in 1843

Would You Believe?

An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina

On July 2, 1843

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 6 Frontiersman Kit Carson (33) weds Josefa Jaramillo (14) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • Apr 23 Samuel Gridley Howe, American physician and educator, marries Julia Ward, American poet and author
  • Jun 19 Philosopher Karl Marx (25) weds Jenny von Westphalen in Germany
  • Sep 1 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (28) weds his cousin Isabella Clark
  • Dec 10 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire
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