January 4 - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
January 13 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
January 16 - John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
January 30 - Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.
February 19 - The Donner Party is rescued. It is noted that some of the survivors seem
to be remarkably well-fed considering their ordeal.
February 22 - Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista - 5,000 American troops
under General Zachary Taylor use their superiority in artillery to drive off 15,000 Mexican
troops under Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna defeating the Mexicans the next day.
March 1 - Faustin Soulouque declares himself Emperor of Haiti.
March 9 - Mexican-American War: United States forces under General Winfield Scott
invade Mexico near Veracruz.
March 29 - Mexican-American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott
take Veracruz after a siege.
May 7 - In Philadelphia, the American Medical Association (AMA) is founded.
July 1 - The United States issues its first postage stamps.
July 24 - After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt
Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.
July 26 - Liberia gains independence.
September 6 - Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo
Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
October 12 - German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens
AG & Halske.Births
January 8 - Josina Vreeswijk
February 11 - Thomas Alva Edison
, US inventor.
April 10 - Joseph Pulitzer
, journalist and newspaper publisher.
April 16 - Leentje van den Houten
April 21 - Jozina van Es
March 3 - Alexander Graham Bell
, father of the telephone.
August 18 - Johannes de Vries
September 1 - Lijntje Dubbeld
September 19 - Adriana Kwik
October 5 - Florus (Floris) van den Houten
November 26 - Princess Dagmar
of Denmark, later Emperess consort of TsarAlexander III
December 2 - Jan Adriaan Berman
December 29 - Antonia van Tiel
January 16 - Jan Spits
January 19 - Charles Bent
, New Mexico pioneer.
March 6 - Abram Hartman
March 9 - Mary Anning
, British paleontologist.
March 11 - Johnny Appleseed
, pioneer, agronomist.
April 1 - Leendert Vreeswijk
April 15 - Teunis van den Houten
April 21 - Josias Verpoort
May 14 - Fanny Mendelssohn
, composer and pianist.
November 15 - Johannes de Vries
December 5 - Jacob van den Houten
, English chemist who discovered niobium.To my Homepage