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1843Sojourner Truth leaves NY to begin her career as antislavery activist

1843"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold

1843 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 2
Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden 
Jan 4
Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale," premieres in Paris 
Jan 4
Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens 
Feb 2
US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee 
Feb 6
The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City). 
Feb 11
Opera "I Lombardi," premieres in Milan 
Mar 3
Congress appropriates $30,000 "to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs" by the US 
Mar 7
1st Catholic governor in US, Edward Kavanagh of Maine, takes office 
Mar 14
Boston conducts its 1st town meeting (Faneuil Hall) 
May 4
Great Britain annexes Natal 
May 18
United Free Church of Scotland forms 
May 22
1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon 
Jun 1
It snows in Buffalo & Rochester NY & Cleveland Ohio 
Jun 1
Sojourner Truth leaves NY to begin her career as antislavery activist 
Jun 24
Vincenzo Soliva decrees no Jew can live outside ghetto in Italy 
Jun 26
Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony 
Jul 2
An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina 
Jul 5
Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country 
Jul 12
Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy 
Jul 19
Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world. 
Aug 8
Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony 
Aug 15
National black convention meets (Buffalo NY) 
Aug 15
Tivoli Park in Copenhagen opens 
Aug 26
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter 
Aug 30
1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party) 
Aug 31
Liberty Party nominates James Birneyas presidential candidate 
Oct 1
News of the World began publication in London. 
Oct 13
B'nai B'rith founded (NY) 
Oct 14
British arrest Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy 
Oct 16
Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers. 
Oct 20
1st Chinese immigrant arrives in Suriname 
Nov 13
Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts 
Nov 27
Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London) 
Nov 28
Ka Lahui: Hawaiian Independence Day - The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation. 
Dec 1
1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens 
Dec 4
Manila paper (made from sails, canvas & rope) patented, Mass 
Dec 4
Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig 
Dec 6
Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens 
Dec 19
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold 
Dec 25
1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC) 
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