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 lockstich 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?

Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax

On June 28, 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 (b. 1812)
  • Jan 10 Etienne P de Senancour, French writer (De l'Amour), dies at 75
  • Feb 3 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/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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