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1848 is historically famous for the wave of revolutions that swept Europe and the world, starting in France. They significantly altered the political and philosophical landscape and had major ramifications throughout the rest of the century.
Events of 1848
January - March
- January 3 - Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Republic of Liberia.
- January 12 - The Palermo rising erupts in Sicily, against the Bourbon kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
- January 24 - California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.
- January 31 - The Washington Monument is established.
- February 2 - Mexican–American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the war and ceding to the United States virtually all of what is today the southwest of that country.
- February 21 - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
- February 22 - In Paris, revolt erupts against King Louis Philippe. Two days later he abdicates, leading to the Second Republic.
- March - Artisans and factory workers revolt in Berlin.
- March 4 - Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will represent the first constitution of the Kingdom of Sardinia and later of unified Italy.
- March 7 - The Great Mahele (land division) is signed in Hawaii.
- March 10 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, is ratified by the United States Senate. (cf. February 2, above.)
- March 11 - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
- March 15 - Revolution breaks out in Hungary: The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform Party.
- March 18-19, Marsoroligheterna, in Stockholm, Sweden: Demonstrations outside the Royal Castle, where revolutionaries demand reforms, among them that Sweden become a republic. The Swedish king, Oscar I gives the guards order to shoot at the demonstrators.
- March 20 - King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates.
- March 20 - Serfdom is abolished in Austria.
- March 21 - Frederick William IV promises to grant Prussia a liberal constitution and to merge Prussia into a new national German state.
- March 23 - The Province of Otago in New Zealand is founded.
April - June
July - September
October - December
- October 28 - In Catalonia, Spain, the Barcelona-Mataró railroad route (the first to be constructed in all the Iberian Peninsula) is inaugurated.
- November 1 - In Boston, Massachusetts, the first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School (which later merges with Boston University School of Medicine), opens.
- November 3 - A greatly revised Dutch constitution is proclaimed.
- November 4 - France ratifies a new constitution. The Second Republic of France is set up, ending the state of temporary government lasting since the Revolution of 1848.
- November 7 - U.S. presidential election, 1848: Whig Zachary Taylor of Louisiana defeats Democrat Lewis Cass of Michigan in the first US presidential election held in every state on the same day.
- December 2 - Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria abdicates in favor of his nephew, Franz Josef I.
- December 10 - Prince Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte is elected first president of the French Second Republic.
- December 18 - Punta Arenas, the first mayor settlement in the Strait of Magellan, is founded.
- December 20 - President Bonaparte takes his Oath of Office in front of the French National Assembly.
- December 26 - Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is founded.
January - June
- January 6 - Hristo Botev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1876)
- January 19 - John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (d. 1904)
- January 21 - Henri Duparc, French composer (d. 1933)
- January 27 - Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)
- February 5
- February 14 - Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)
- February 16 - Octave Mirbeau, French art critic and novelist (d. 1917)
- February 18 - Louis Comfort Tiffany, American glass artist (d. 1933)
- February 24
- February 27 - Hubert Parry, English composer (d. 1918)
- March 3 - Adelaide Neilson, English actress (d. 1880)
- March 19 - Wyatt Earp, American lawman and gunfighter (d. 1929)
- March 31 - Viscount William Astor, British financier and statesman (d. 1919)
- April 7 - Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1930)
- April 10 - Hubertine Auclert, French feminist (d. 1914)
- May 23 - Otto Lilienthal, German engineer (d. 1896)
- June 7 - Paul Gauguin, French artist (d. 1903)
July - December
- July 6 - Gabor Baross, Hungarian statesman (d. 1892)
- July 9 - Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma (d. 1907)
- July 15 - Vilfredo Pareto, Italian economist (d. 1923)
- July 18 - W. G. Grace, cricketer (d. 1915)
- July 22
- July 25
- September 4 - Lewis Howard Latimer, inventor (d. 1928)
- October 3 - Henry Lerolle, French painter (d. 1929)
- November 8 - Gottlob Frege, German logician (d. 1925)
- November 12 - Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1919)
- November 13 - Albert I, Prince of Monaco (d. 1922)
- November 28 - Henry Lomb, German-American optician who co-founded Bausch & Lomb (d. 1908)
- December 6 - Johann Palisa, Austrian astronomer (d. 1925)
- See also :Category: 1848 births.
January - June
July - December
- July 4 - François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer and diplomat (b. 1768)
- August 3 - Edward Baines, British newspaperman and politician (b. 1774)
- August 7 - Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (b. 1779)
- August 12 - George Stephenson, English locomotive pioneer (b. 1781)
- August 30 - Simon Willard, celebrated American horologist (b. 1753)
- September 24 - Branwell Brontë, painter and poet, brother of novelists Charlotte, Emily and Anne (b. 1817)
- November 9 - Robert Blum, German politician (b. 1810)
- November 10 - Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, military leader (b. 1789)
- November 23 - Sir John Barrow, English statesman (b. 1764)
- November 24 - William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1779)
- December 1 - Kyokutei Bakin, Japanese author (b. 1767)
- December 19 - Emily Brontë, English author (b. 1818)
- See also :Category: 1848 deaths.