Events in year of 1841

  • 01-05James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • 01-20China cedes Hong Kong to British
  • 01-26Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 02-181st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
  • 03-04Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
  • 03-09US Supreme Court rules Negroes are free (Amistad Incident)
  • 03-22Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
  • 03-271st US steam fire engine tested, New York City
  • 04-06Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Missouri
  • 04-10New York "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
  • 04-26"Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • 04-27Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
  • 05-011st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for California
  • 06-141st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • 07-03John Couch Adams decides to determine position of an unknown planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
  • 07-05Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
  • 07-17British humor magazine "Punch" 1st published
  • 08-09Erie boat in Buffalo New York catches fire; 242 die
  • 08-21John Hampton patents venetian blind
  • 09-09Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300
  • 09-24Britain obtains Sarawak from Brunei (James Brooke appointed Rajah)
  • 09-30Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
  • 11-02Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
  • 11-041st wagon train arrives in California
  • 11-16Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • 11-16N E Guerin of New York patents cork-filled life preserver
  • 11-2535 Amistad survivors return to Africa
  • 12-29King / grand Duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • 12-31Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

People born in year of 1841

  • 01-14Berthe M P Morisot: French painter / aquarellist
  • 01-25John Arbuthnot Fisher: Ceylon -- 1st Baron Fisher / Admiral of the Fleet
  • 01-28Henry Stanley: England, United Kingdom -- Journalist / explorer (found Livingston in Africa)
  • 01-28Viktor Ernst Nessler: Composer
  • 01-30Alfred Townsend George: Civil War journalist, died in 1914
  • 02-01William H H Davenport: Buffalo, New York -- Stage medium
  • 02-10Walter Parratt: Composer
  • 02-12Bert van Tienhoven: Mayor (Amsterdam) / Foreign Minister
  • 02-12Gijsbert van Tienhoven: Dutch Mayor (Amsterdam) / Foreign Minister
  • 02-18Samuel Prowse Warren: Composer
  • 02-19Felipe Pedrell: Composer
  • 02-25Pierre Auguste Renoir: Limoges, France -- Impressionist painter / sculptor
  • 02-26Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer: English consul-General (Egypt)
  • 02-27[Eleanor] Agnes Lee: Daughter of US General Robert E Lee
  • 03-01Blanche Kelso Bruce: Virginia, United States -- (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881)
  • 03-01Romualdo Marenco: Composer
  • 03-03John Murray: Canadian Oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)
  • 03-04Kristian Mandrup Elster: Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 03-08Oliver Wendell Holmes: Massachusetts, United States -- 59th Supreme Court Justice (1902-32)
  • 04-07Alfred Cogniaux: Belgian botanicus
  • 04-07Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys: Painter
  • 04-25Pauline Lucca: Soprano
  • 04-26Wilhelm Scherer: German literature historian
  • 05-11Ernst von Possart: German actor / stage manager / reciter
  • 05-15Giovanni Bolzoni: Composer
  • 05-20Sara Louisa Oberholtz: Social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • 05-21Joseph Parry: Composer
  • 05-24Charles Napier Henry: Painter
  • 05-24Tito Mattei: Pianist / composer
  • 05-28Giovanni Sgambati: Composer

People died in year of 1841

  • 01-03Wilhelmus Kist: Writer / Director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 02-11J H Ferdinand Olivier: German painter, dies at 55
  • 02-13Thomas Ainsworth: English / Dutch industrialist, dies at 45
  • 02-14Antun Sorkocevic: Composer, dies at 65
  • 02-15Sibrand Acker Stratingh: Dutch dr / chemist (electrical car), dies at 53
  • 02-17Ferdinando Carulli: Composer, dies at 70
  • 04-04William Henry Harrison: Becomes 1st President to die in office, at 68
  • 04-29A Bertrand: Writer
  • 05-03Cornelis T Elout: Dutch Minister of Finance / Navy / Colonies, dies at 74
  • 05-06John Thomson: Composer, dies at 35
  • 05-20Joseph Blanco White: Theological writert
  • 05-23Franz Xaver von Baader: German philosopher / theologist, dies at 76
  • 07-27Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov: Poet / Novelist
  • 08-10Hippolyte Monpou: Composer, dies at 37
  • 08-13Bernhard Heinrich Romberg: German composer, dies at 73
  • 08-13Bernhard Romberg: German cellist / composer
  • 08-24Karl Friedrich Curschmann: Composer, dies at 36
  • 08-27Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried: Composer, dies at 65
  • 09-09Augustin P de Candolle: Swiss botanist, dies at 63
  • 09-15Alessandro Rolla: Composer, dies at 84
  • 10-09Karl F Schinkel: German Painter / writer (Neue Wache), dies at 60
  • 11-01Antoine PFGdV Celles: Belgium / Dutch / French MP
  • 11-14Thomas Bruce: Count of Elgin and Kincardine, British diplomat
  • 11-18Georg Chistoph Grosheim: Composer, dies at 77
  • 11-30Charles Louis W J van Keverberg: Dutch government official, dies at 73
  • 12-07Johann Daniel Ferstenberg: Composer, dies at 83
  • 12-18Felice Blangini: Composer, dies at 60

Events in year of 1842

  • 01-011st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, New York City
  • 01-021st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
  • 01-064,500 British and Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India
  • 01-08Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
  • 01-12Franciscan nuns begin Missionary work on Netherlands Antilles
  • 02-151st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), New York City
  • 02-211st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington DC
  • 03-031st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
  • 03-30Ether was used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Ga)
  • 04-13Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
  • 05-05City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
  • 05-08Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
  • 05-141st edition of London Illustrated News
  • 05-30John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
  • 06-16Natchex Mississippi, hit by tornado; about 500 die
  • 07-09Notary Stamp Law passes
  • 08-01Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
  • 08-09US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-14Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 08-29Gr Britain and China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
  • 08-31Micah Rugg patents a nuts and bolts machine
  • 08-31US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
  • 09-181st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published
  • 10-08Princess Sophia weds her cousin Duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 10-15Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung
  • 11-04Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois
  • 11-08Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
  • 11-17Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
  • 11-17Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • 11-22Mount St. Helens in Washington, erupts

People born in year of 1842

  • 01-02Amy G C A Bonet-Maury: French reformed theologist
  • 01-06Clarence King: Mining engineer (geologist)
  • 01-07Johan Lindegren: Composer
  • 01-11William James: United States -- Psychologist / philosopher
  • 01-17Anton G van Hamel: Founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
  • 01-22Charles Henri Marechal: Composer
  • 02-03Sidney Clopton Lanier: United States -- Composer / poet (Hall of Fame)
  • 02-04Georg Brandes [Morris Cohen]: Danish literary-historian / critic
  • 02-04Vasili O Klyutshevski: Russian historian
  • 02-07Alexandre Ribit: Premier (France)
  • 02-22Carl Rosa: Hamburg, Germany -- Founder (Rosa opera company)
  • 02-24Arrigio Enrico Boito: Composer
  • 02-25Karl May: German writer (Old Shatterhand / Winnetou)
  • 02-26Camille Flammarion: Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy
  • 03-07Anne CAI van Diest: Belgian Physician / feminist
  • 03-10Ina Donna Coolbrith: United States -- Poet laureate of California
  • 03-22Carl A N Rosa: German violinist / composer
  • 03-30Dr Crawford Long: 1st Physician to use ether as anesthetic
  • 03-30John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green]: US historian / philosopher
  • 04-03Ulric Dahlgren: Colonel (Union volunteers), died in 1864
  • 04-14Sven August Korling: Composer
  • 04-18Antero Tarquinio de Quental: Portugal -- Poet (Beatrice)
  • 04-25Antonio Fogazzarro: Italian writer / poet (Il santo / Leila)
  • 04-28Louis PMFG of Orleans: Earl of Brazil (1870-89)
  • 05-05Johann Nepomuk Fuchs: Composer
  • 05-08Emil C Hansen: Danish physiologist
  • 05-12Jules Emile Fred Massenet: Montaud, France -- Composer (Manon, Le Cid)
  • 05-13Arthur Seymour Sullivan: London, England -- Composer (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • 06-02Constantly AM Cap: Flemish poet / etcher
  • 06-06James Morrison Steele Mackaye: US actor (American Academy of Dramatic Art)

People died in year of 1842

  • 01-08Pierre: Earl the Cambronne, French General (Waterloo, Elba), dies at 71
  • 01-16Thomas Freanby: Norwegian landscape painter
  • 02-21Wojciech Zywny: Composer, dies at 85
  • 03-07Christian Theodor Weinlig: Composer, dies at 61
  • 03-15Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini: Italian Composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • 03-23Stendhal [Marie-Henri Beyle]: French Author (Lamiel), dies at 59
  • 03-24Stendhal [Marie-H Beyle]: French writer (The Love), buried at 59
  • 04-07Henrik A Bjerregaard: Norw writer / Poet (Fjeldeventyret), dies at 50
  • 04-11John England: Bishop of Charleston Carolina
  • 05-15Emanuel A D M J count de las Cases: French Historian (Napoleon), dies at 76
  • 05-23Jose de Espronceda y Delgado: Spanish revolutionary / poet, dies at 34
  • 06-20Michael Umlauf: Composer, dies at 60
  • 07-24John Sell Cotman: Landscape painter
  • 07-28C Brentano: Writer, dies at 63
  • 08-25Jerome-Joseph de Momigny: Composer, dies at 80
  • 09-15Pierre MF de Sales Baillot: French violinist / composer, dies at 70
  • 10-02Jose Mariano Elizaga: Composer, dies at 56
  • 10-02William Ellery Channing: Cleric / writer
  • 10-08Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse: Composer, dies at 68
  • 11-14Henry de Cock: Reform vicar, dies at 41
  • 11-15Joseph Rastrelli: Composer, dies at 43
  • 11-24Pehr Frigel: Composer, dies at 92
  • 12-01Philip Spencer: 1st US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged
  • 12-05MJ Auguste Vestrius: French ballet dancers, dies at 82
  • 12-25Bedrich Divis Weber: Composer, dies at 76