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Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War, by Carl Nebel
US under General Zachary Taylor wins the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican–American War .
The Sonderbund War in Switzerland
The Sonderbund War is the last military conflict on Swiss soil .
1847 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1295/96 (July turn of the year)
Ethiopian calendar 1839/40 (September 11/12)
Baha'i calendar 03/04 (New Year March 20th/21st)
Bengali solar calendar 1252/53 (beginning of the year April 14 or 15)
Buddhist calendar 2390/91 (Southern Buddhism); 2389/90 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 75th (76th) cycle

Year of the Fire Sheep 丁未 ( at the beginning of the year Fire Horse 丙午)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1209/10 (New Year's April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4180/81 (October 2nd/3rd)
Iranian calendar 1225/26
Islamic calendar 1263/64 (change of the year December 9th/10th)
Jewish calendar 5607/08 (September 10th/11th)
Coptic calendar 1563/64 (September 11/12)
Malayalam calendar 1022/23
Rumi Calendar (Ottoman Empire) 1262/63 (March 1)
Seleucid era Babylon: 2157/58 (April turn of the year)

Syria: 2158/59 (October turn of the year)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese calendar) 1903/04 (April)


politics and world affairs

Mexican-American War

US troops storm Chapultepec

Other events in America

United States 1847
  • January 30: The California city ​​of Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco .
  • April 25: The last survivors of the Donner Party , a trek of settlers bound for California , reach Sutter's Fort. Their misery began in October last year with a snowstorm and subsequent adversity, culminating in the depletion of supplies they had brought with them, which forced them to cannibalism .
  • July 24: Mormons establish the city of Salt Lake City and their own territory on the Great Salt Lake .

German Confederation

Storm the Potato Stands ; Lithograph by Vinzenz Katzler


Other events in Europe


  • July 26: Independence from Liberia
  • December 22 Algerian rebel leader Abd el-Kader surrenders surrounded by the French army and is soon taken to France. In Algeria , the situation for the colonial power has calmed down significantly.
  • December 23: France declares Algeria a colony.
  • Algeria becomes a French province.





Contemporary ad
Poster with a timetable from 1847
The Zurich train station in 1847

science and technology

natural sciences

Technical developments

round-the-world trips

Teaching and Research


Visual arts

Bridal Procession in Spring

music and theatre

Playbill of the premiere
Costumes for I masnadieri
Final scene from Jerusalem 1847


  • 9 May: François Bullier opens the Jardin Bullier dance hall in Paris .


Trinity Church:
East elevation from 1847


The Bucharest fire
  • March 23: A major fire in Bucharest destroys around 2,000 houses. After a nationwide relief effort, the city is rebuilt according to plan.
  • April 4: The Munich Central Station building burns down.
  • May 24: The Dee Bridge rail crash claims at least five lives.
  • November 22: On the paddle steamer Phoenix , overheated steam boilers set fire to the steamer's wood paneling, which then burst into flames and burned out three miles off Sheboygan on Lake Michigan . About 250 people die in one of the worst shipwrecks on the Great Lakes .

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Disaster .

Historical maps and views

New York 1847


January February

Thomas Alva Edison, 1915

March April

Alexander Graham Bell
Otto Wallach
Joseph Pulitzer

May June

July August

Max Lieberman 1904
  • July 20: Max Liebermann , German painter (died 1935)
  • July 24: Margarete Steiff , entrepreneur and founder of the Steiff company (Steiff animals) († 1909)
Paul Langerhans, 1878
Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria-Tuscany (ca. 1875)

September October

Paul Von Hindenburg
Agneta Matthes

November December

Bram Stoker
Christine Ladd Franklin

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1847


January to April

Jose de Palafox y Melci

May to August

John Franklin

September to December

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, 1846

Exact date of death unknown

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