What Happened in 1846

Historical 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

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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

Famous People in 1846

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Famous People Who Died in 1846

  • Jan 5 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist, dies at 33
  • Jan 10 Étienne Pivert de Senancour, French writer (De l'Amour), dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies

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