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Dickinsonian Dickinson College holds annual commencement ceremonies
Lawmaking/Litigating The 30th Congress ends its first session in Washington, DC
Foreign A unified Swiss Confederation is formed
Education/Culture Massachusetts school for the mentally afflicted opens in South Boston
Education/Culture The Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania opens in Philadelphia
Lawmaking/Litigating The second session of the 30th Congress opens in Washington, DC
Lawmaking/Litigating - The second session of the 30th Congress sits in Washington, DC between early December, 1848 and early March, 1849
Slavery/Abolition Daniel Gott of New York introduces his resolution to ban slavery in the District of Columbia
Slavery/Abolition The U.S. Congress reverses the Gott Resolution to ban slavery in the District of Columbia
Foreign British troops defeat Sikh forces at Chilianwala
Education/Culture Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell receives her medical degree
Education/Culture Mathew Brady photographs President Polk
Commercial First ship in regular service from New York to California via Cape Horn arrives in San Francisco
Lawmaking/Litigating The Interior Department created
Lawmaking/Litigating Congress approves new gold coinage
Legal/Political In Washington DC, the 30th Congress of the United States finishes its term and adjourns
Legal/Political - William H. Bissell serves in the US House of Representatives
Legal/Political Defeated presidential candidate Henry Clay returns to the Senate
Lawmaking/Litigating First Interior Secretary named
Business/Industry First railroad that will run west of the Mississippi is incorporated
US/the World Great Britain annexes the Sikh kingdom of northern India
Education/Culture The nation's first class of homeopathic medical doctors graduates in Philadelphia
Education/Culture The nation's first Jewish weekly periodical appears in New York City
Foreign King Frederick Wilhelm IV of Prussia refuses an offer to become Emperor of a unified Germany
Science/Technology The safety pin is patented in New York City
US/the World Anti-British revolt breaks out in Montreal
Crime/Disasters Astor Place Riot in New York City
Science/Technology Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois receives a patent for a device to aid riverboats over shoals
Business/Industry Great Britain abolishes the Navigation Acts
Dickinsonian Dickinson College holds annual commencement ceremonies