< MDCCXLII = 1742 >
Events in 1742
|12 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 11 days.|
|14 January:|| ||Edmond Halley, English astronomer who recognized the periodicity and calculated the orbit of Halley's Comet, dies in Greenwich at age 85.|
|5 February:|| ||In this Chinese New Year the Rooster makes room for the Year of the Dog.|
|5 February:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|13 April:|| ||Written in 24 days (22 August to 14 September 1741), the “Messiah” oratorio by George Frideric Handel is first performed at the Music Hall in Dublin, Ireland.|
|20 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|22 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as described by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|10 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|8 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|19 October:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1155 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|18 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1742
William Kent, Jonathan Swift, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Hans Egede, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Voltaire, Nader Shah, Daniel Bernoulli, Anders Celsius, Benjamin Franklin, Leonhard Euler, Carolus Linnaeus, Carlo Goldoni, Louis XV, Ruđer Bošković, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, Thomas Gray, Johann Winckelmann, Thomas Chippendale, Adam Smith, John Smeaton, Immanuel Kant, James Cook, Catherine the Great, Josiah Wedgwood, Charles Messier, George Washington, Joseph Haydn, Taksin, James Watt, Rama I, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Edward Gibbon, John Hancock, William Herschel and Joseph-Michel Montgolfier celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1742 was a common year starting on a Monday, just like 1646, 1657, 1663, 1674, 1685, 1691, 1703, 1714, 1725 and 1731 in the century before it and 1753, 1759, 1770, 1781, 1787, 1798, 1810, 1821, 1827 and 1838 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1742 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 24 April 2017.