Historical Events for Year 1842
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Jan 1st - 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
Jan 2nd - 1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
Jan 6th - 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India
Jan 7th - Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
Jan 8th - Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
Jan 12th - Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
Jan 13th - Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for (reputedly) being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
Feb 7th - Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
Feb 15th - 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
Feb 21st - 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC
Mar 2nd - The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver.
Mar 3rd - 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
Mar 3rd - 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
Mar 5th - Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
Composer Giuseppe Verdi Mar 9th - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan
Mar 17th - Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square mile area in Upper Sandusky
Mar 30th - Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Ga)
Apr 13th - Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
May 5th - City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
May 8th - Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
May 14th - Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
May 22nd - Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.
May 30th - John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
Jul 9th - Notary Stamp Law passes
Aug 1st - Rotherhithe Tunnel under the Thames opens
Aug 1st - Lombard Street Riot erupts
Aug 9th - US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
Aug 14th - Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
Aug 21st - The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
Aug 29th - Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
Aug 31st - Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine
Aug 31st - US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
Sep 4th - Work on Cologne cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus
Sep 18th - 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published
Communist Philosopher Karl Marx Oct 15th - Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung
Nov 8th - Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
Nov 17th - Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
Nov 17th - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
Nov 22nd - Mount St Helens in Washington erupts
Nov 26th - The University of Notre Dame is founded.
Dec 7th - NY Philharmonic's 1st concert
Dec 9th - St M Glinka's opera "Russlan Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg
Dec 19th - US recognizes independence of Hawaii