Events in the year 1842

  • 1st weekly magazine

    1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
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  • Wire Suspension

    1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
  • Adhesive Postage Stamps

    1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • 1st sewing machine

    1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC
  • Child Labor law

    1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)
  • Border Defined

    US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • Seminole War Ends

    Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • Naval Observatory

    US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published
  • George Latimer

    Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston