What Happened in 1848

Significant Events

  • Feb 2 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • May 30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • Jun 22 Beginning of the June Days uprising in Paris by French workers
  • Jul 19 1st US women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organised by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott
  • Jul 29 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
  • Sep 16 Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • Dec 5 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London

On February 21, 1848


World Leaders in 1848

Famous People in 1848

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Mar 20 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
  • Apr 10 British influential art critic and social commentator John Ruskin marries Effie Gray in Perth, Scotland (later annulled).
  • Aug 10 Inventor Samuel Morse (57) weds Sarah Elizabeth Griswold in Utica, New York
  • Aug 22 Soldier and later US President Ulysses Grant (26) marries Julia Dent