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1846Henry David Thoreau jailed for tax resistance

1846Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange last letters before eloping

18461st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"

1846General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

1846 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Yucatan declares independence from Mexico 
Jan 5
The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom. 
Jan 21
1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News" 
Jan 28
Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab (India) 
Jan 31
After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Feb 1
Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation 
Feb 4
Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois for settlement in the west 
Feb 5
"Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast 
Feb 10
Beginning of Mormon march to west US 
Feb 10
British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India 
Feb 16
Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India 
Feb 19
Texas state government formally installed in Austin 
Feb 20
British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore 
Feb 21
1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Mass 
Feb 23
Polish revolutionaries march on Kraków, but are defeated 
Mar 13
Friedrich Hebbel's "Maria Magdalena" premieres in Königsberg 
Mar 25
German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Sydney to a hero's welcome after completing his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory 
Apr 25
Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War. 
May 1
Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world 
May 3
Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas 
May 4
US state Michigan ends death penalty 
May 8
1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas 
May 9
Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande 
May 13
US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins 
May 18
US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros 
May 21
1st steamship arrives in Hawaii 
May 24
General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War 
Jun 5
Telegraph line opens between Phila & Balt 
Jun 8
Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu 
Jun 10
Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre 
Jun 14
Belgian Liberal Party forms 
Jun 14
California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico 
Jun 15
Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N 
Jun 19
First offically recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey 
Jun 24
Residency tax on Jews of Hungary abolished 
Jun 28
Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax 
Jul 7
US annexs California 
Jul 9
Capt Montgomery claims Yerba Buena (SF) for US 
Jul 9
The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River (39 mi² or about 100 km²) is returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress. 
Jul 21
Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley) 
Aug 5
Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel 
Aug 10
US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex 
Aug 14
Henry David Thoreau jailed for tax resistance 
Aug 14
The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. 
Aug 17
US fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California 
Aug 18
Gen Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe NM 
Aug 26
Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" premieres 
Aug 26
W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF) 
Sep 10
Elias Howe patents sewing machine 
Sep 15
Jung Bahadur Rana grabs power in Nepal 
Sep 18
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange last letters before eloping 
Sep 23
Johann Gottfried Galle & Heinrich d'Arrest find Neptune 
Sep 25
US troops under Gen Taylor occupies Monterey Mexico 
Sep 30
Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth 
Oct 10
Alexis de Tocqueville writes about "Algerian problem" 
Oct 10
Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell 
Oct 15
Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether 
Oct 16
Dentist William T Morton demonstrates effectiveness of ether 
Oct 28
Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die 
Oct 31
Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp 
Nov 4
Benjamin Palmer patents artificial leg 
Nov 5
Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C premieres 
Dec 5
C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive 
Dec 6
Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris) 
Dec 8
Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" premieres 
Dec 28
Iowa becomes 29th state 
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