What Happened in 1847

Significant Events

  • Jan 4 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government
  • Mar 1 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
  • Sep 13 American-Mexican war: US General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
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World Leaders in 1847

Famous People in 1847

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 28 Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (32) weds noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (23) in Kolczyglowy, Poland
  • Aug 4 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Dec 23 Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 11 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, dies at 83
  • Jan 14 Gov Bent, 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico
  • Jan 22 Georges-Julien Sieber, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 30 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • Feb 15 Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1794)
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