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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1742 AD

January

January 24: German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor

February

February 1: Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
February 2: British Walpole government resigns
February 9: British ex-premier Walpole becomes earl of Orford
February 16: Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier

April

April 13: George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" performed for 1st time (Dublin)

May

May 17: Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
May 28: 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

June

June 9: Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia
June 11: Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

July

July 28: Prussia and Austria sign peace treaty

August

August 29: Edmond Hoyle published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist

September

September 24: Faneuil Hall opens to public

November

November 18: Prussia and England sign anti-French military covenant

December

December 1: Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
December 13: Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes
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