What Happened in 1846

Significant Events

  • Apr 25 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War
  • Aug 10 US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex
  • Sep 10 Elias Howe takes out a US patent for a lockstitch sewing machine
  • Sep 30 Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth
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Did You Know?

First printed copies of "Poems" by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

On May 7, 1846


World Leaders in 1846

Famous People in 1846

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe PĂ©lissier in Paris
  • Aug 30 Author and Christian pioneer Ellen G. White (18) weds preacher James Springer White (25) in Portland, Maine
  • Sep 12 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London
  • Oct 8 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist, dies at 33
  • Jan 10 Etienne P de Senancour, French writer (De l'Amour), dies at 75
  • Feb 3 Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer and conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies
  • Feb 14 Cornelis F van Maanen, Dutch supreme court justice, dies at 76
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