On This Day

Historical Events in March 1842

  • Mar 2 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard 7/1 Gaylad wins by 4 lengths from Seventy Four
  • Mar 3 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)

Music Premiere

Mar 3 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony in Leipzig Gewandhaus

  • Mar 5 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.

Music Premiere

Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

  • Mar 17 Treaty of 1842: Wyandotte (Huron) Indian nation cedes 114,000 acres of land in Ohio and Michigan to US, in exchange for 148,000 acres west of the Mississippi
  • Mar 30 Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Georgia)