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1842Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague

1842Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

1842 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC 
Jan 2
1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn 
Jan 6
4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India 
Jan 7
Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris 
Jan 8
Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft 
Jan 12
Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles 
Jan 13
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 7
Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien. 
Feb 15
1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC 
Feb 21
1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC 
Mar 2
The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver. 
Mar 3
1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass) 
Mar 3
1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony 
Mar 5
Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande. 
Mar 9
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan 
Mar 17
Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square mile area in Upper Sandusky 
Mar 30
Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Ga) 
Apr 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
Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication 
May 22
Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground. 
May 25
Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague 
May 30
John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria 
Jul 9
Notary Stamp Law passes 
Aug 1
Rotherhithe Tunnel under the Thames opens 
Aug 1
Lombard Street Riot erupts 
Aug 9
US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty 
Aug 14
Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma 
Aug 21
The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded. 
Aug 29
Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war 
Aug 31
Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine 
Aug 31
US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress 
Sep 4
Work on Cologne cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus 
Sep 18
1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published 
Oct 15
Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung 
Nov 8
Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889) 
Nov 9
The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City 
Nov 17
Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston 
Nov 17
Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London) 
Nov 22
Mount St Helens in Washington erupts 
Nov 26
The University of Notre Dame is founded. 
Dec 7
NY Philharmonic's 1st concert 
Dec 9
St M Glinka's opera "Russlan Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg 
Dec 19
US recognizes independence of Hawaii 
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