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Notable Historical Events - 1847

1847Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT

1847Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

1847Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.

18471st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)

1847Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star"

1847Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans

1847 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment 
Jan 1
Neth's Haarlem's Current newspaper starts publishing 
Jan 4
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government. 
Jan 9
1st SF newspaper published (California Star) 
Jan 15
1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC 
Jan 16
John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory. 
Jan 24
1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price 
Jan 30
Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco 
Feb 4
1st US telegraph co established in Maryland 
Feb 22
Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army 
Feb 23
Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans 
Feb 25
State University of Iowa is approved 
Feb 28
US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento 
Mar 1
Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state) 
Mar 3
Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps 
Mar 7
US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz Mexico 
Mar 10
1st money minted in Hawaii 
Mar 17
"Macbeth" opera premieres in Florence 
Mar 18
1st Dutch public telegram 
Mar 25
Pope Pius IX encyclical "On aid for Ireland" 
Mar 29
12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico 
Apr 14
Persia & Osmaanse sign 2nd Treaty of Erzurum 
Apr 28
George B Vashon becomes 1st black to enter NY State Bar 
May 2
Sabbath famine 
May 4
NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration 
May 5
American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 
May 7
American Medical Association organizes (Phila) 
May 8
Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre 
May 24
German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey 
May 31
Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens 
Jun 10
Chicago Tribune begins publishing 
Jun 14
Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner 
Jun 22
Doughnut created 
Jun 27
New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires 
Jul 1
1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC 
Jul 2
Envelope bearing 1st US 10 cent stamps used (still exists today) 
Jul 10
Urbain J J Leverrier & John Couch Adams, codiscoverers of Neptune, meet for 1st time at home of John Herschel 
Jul 20
German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf 
Jul 24
Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT 
Jul 24
Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC 
Jul 26
Moses Garrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride 
Jul 26
The Liberian Declaration of Independence is signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society 
Jul 29
Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 
Aug 24
Charlotte Bronte finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre" 
Sep 8
US under Gen Scott defeat Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey 
Sep 10
1st theater opens in Hawaii 
Sep 11
1st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh) 
Sep 12
Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins. 
Sep 13
American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City 
Sep 14
US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma) 
Sep 16
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon 
Oct 1
Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet 
Oct 1
German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens AG & Halske. 
Oct 16
Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" published 
Oct 20
Little William Nelman poisons his grandpa 
Nov 10
The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse. 
Nov 12
Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic. 
Nov 21
Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200 
Nov 25
Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna) 
Nov 26
Alfred de Mussets "Un Caprice" premieres in Paris 
Nov 28
Bologna: church of San Francisco dei Minori Conventuali initiated with premier of Rossini's Tantum ergo 
Nov 29
Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore 
Dec 3
Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star" 
Dec 5
Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post. 
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