On This Day

What Happened in 1844

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st edition of New Rotterdam's Daily (3x per week)
  • Jan 15 University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana
  • Jan 25 Recontre between Reps Weller & Shriver, US House of Representative
  • Feb 3 Hector Berlioz's "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 14 John C. Frémont and his party become the first Europeans to discover Lake Tahoe during his second expedition through the American West
  • Feb 27 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
  • Feb 28 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and other high-ranking U.S. federal officials
  • Feb 28 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount
  • Mar 8 King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden-Norway
  • Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice
  • More Historical Events

1844 in Sport

  • Sep 25 Canada defeats USA by 23 runs in the first cricket international match at the grounds of the St George's Cricket Club in Manhattan, NYC

Famous People in 1844

World Leaders in 1844

Would You Believe?

12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and other high-ranking U.S. federal officials

On February 28, 1844

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