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Notable Historical Events - 1844

1844Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith

1844Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice

1844Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)

1844James K. Polk elected 11th US President

1844 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st edition of New Rotterdam's Daily (3x per week) 
Jan 15
University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana 
Jan 25
Recontre between Reps Weller & Shriver, US House of Representative 
Feb 3
Hector Berlioz' "Carnaval Romain," premieres in Paris 
Feb 14
Lt. John C. Frémont first European to discover Lake Tahoe in the US 
Feb 27
Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day) 
Feb 28
12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes 
Mar 8
King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden-Norway. 
Mar 9
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice 
Mar 21
Origin of Baha'i Era-Baha'i calendar starts here (Baha 1, 1) 
Mar 21
The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world. 
Mar 28
Jose Zorilla's "Don Juan Tenorio" premieres in Madrid 
Apr 12
Texan envoys sign Treaty of Annexation with the United States 
May 1
Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate 
May 6
Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote 
May 23
Declaration of Bab (Baha'i festival) ('Azamat 7, 1) 
May 24
Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message) 
May 25
1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot 
Jun 6
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London 
Jun 15
Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber 
Jun 22
Influential North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon is founded at Yale University. 
Jul 3
The last pair of Great Auks is killed. 
Jul 27
Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, NC 
Jul 29
NY Yacht Club forms 
Jul 30
1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club 
Aug 8
Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith 
Aug 29
1st white-indian lacrosse game in Montreal, Indians win 
Sep 5
Iron ore discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Mountains 
Sep 25
Canada defeats USA by 23 runs in the 1st cricket international 
Sep 28
Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden. 
Oct 1
German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt departs Jimbour, the farthest outpost of settlement on the Queensland Darling Downs, to begin his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory from Moreton Bay to Port Essington 
Oct 22
Millerite Adventists wait for appearance of Jesus 
Nov 6
Spain grants Dominican Rep independence 
Nov 23
Independence of the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark. 
Dec 3
RC Society Apostole of Prayer forms 
Dec 4
James K. Polk elected 11th US President 
Dec 11
1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Ct 
Dec 21
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement. 
Dec 30
Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg) 
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