1842 in History
January 1 1st illustrated weekly magazine in U.S. publishes 1st issue, New York City
January 2 1st U.S. wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
January 6 4,500 British and Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India
January 7 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
January 8 Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
January 12 Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
January 31 John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House
February 15 1st adhesive postage stamps in U.S. (private delivery company), New York City
February 21 1st known sewing machine patented in U.S., John Greenough, Washington D.C.
March 3 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
March 3 1st U.S. child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
March 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco," premieres in Milan
March 17 Indians land in Ohio, a 12 mile area in Upper Sandusky
March 30 Ether was used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long
April 13 Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
May 5 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
May 8 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
May 14 1st edition of London Illustrated News
May 30 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
June 16 Natchex Mississippi, hit by tornado; about 500 die
July 9 Notary Stamp Law passes
August 1 Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
August 9 U.S. - Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
August 14 Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
August 29 Great Britain and China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
August 31 Micah Rugg patents a nuts and bolts machine
August 31 U.S. Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
September 4 Work on Koln cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus
September 18 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published
October 8 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
October 15 Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung
November 4 Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois
November 8 Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
November 17 Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
November 17 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
November 22 Mount St. Helens in Washington, erupts
December 7 NY Philharmonic's 1st concert
December 9 St. M Glinka's opera "Russlan Ludmilla," premieres in Petersburg
December 19 U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii