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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1842 AD

January

January 1: 1st illustrated weekly magazine in U.S. publishes 1st issue, New York City
January 2: 1st U.S. wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
January 6: 4,500 British and Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India
January 7: Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
January 8: Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
January 12: Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherland Antilles
January 31: John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House

February

February 15: 1st adhesive postage stamps in U.S. (private delivery company), New York City
February 21: 1st known sewing machine patented in U.S., John Greenough, Washington D.C.

March

March 3: 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
March 3: 1st U.S. child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
March 9: Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco," premieres in Milan
March 17: Indians land in Ohio, a 12 mile area in Upper Sandusky
March 30: Ether was used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long

April

April 13: Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope

May

May 5: City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
May 8: Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
May 14: 1st edition of London Illustrated News
May 30: John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

June

June 16: Natchex Mississippi, hit by tornado; about 500 die

July

July 9: Notary Stamp Law passes

August

August 1: Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
August 9: U.S. - Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
August 14: Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
August 29: Great Britain and China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
August 31: Micah Rugg patents a nuts and bolts machine
August 31: U.S. Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress

September

September 4: Work on Koln cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus
September 18: 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published

October

October 8: Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
October 15: Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

November

November 4: Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois
November 8: Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
November 17: Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
November 17: Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
November 22: Mount St. Helens in Washington, erupts

December

December 7: NY Philharmonic's 1st concert
December 9: St. M Glinka's opera "Russlan Ludmilla," premieres in Petersburg
December 19: U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii
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