Historical Events in 1742

  • Jan 24 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
  • Feb 1 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance

Historic Event

Feb 2 British government of Robert Walpole resigns

  • Feb 9 Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, ennobled as 1st Earl of Orford

Election of Interest

Feb 16 Spencer Compton becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (First Lord of the Treasury)

Music History

Apr 13 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

Historic Event

Apr 25 Elizabeth of Russia crowns herself Empress in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow

Victory in Battle

May 17 Battle of Chotusitz: Prussia led by Frederick the Great defeats Austria

  • May 28 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

Historic Invention

Jun 11 Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

  • Jul 7 Battle of Bloody Marsh: Spanish forces assault British colonial forces on Simons Island, Georgia, and are decisively repelled [1]
  • Jul 28 Maria Theresa of Austria and Prussian King Frederick the Great sign a peace treaty in Berlin
  • Aug 29 Edmond Hoyle published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist
  • Sep 24 Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to the public
  • Nov 7 Empress Elizabeth of Russia proclaims her nephew Peter of Holstein-Gottorp (later Peter III) her heir
  • Nov 18 Prussia and Great Britain sign an anti-French military covenant
  • Dec 1 Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
  • Dec 13 Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes