On This Day

What Happened in 1848

Historical Events

  • May 30 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between US and Mexico comes into force, giving New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado to the US 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 and 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 James K. Polk triggers gold rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California
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Did You Know?

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

On February 21, 1848

Famous People in 1848

World Leaders 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).

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