In which many dates and events of Mrs. Mowatt's life, times and world are recounted
The World of Anna Cora Mowatt
  Anna Cora Mowatt Arts and Literature Politics Science and Philosophy
1810 1819  Born in Bordeaux, France 1815 First professional theatre group in the American West is established in Frankfort, K.Y.

1816 Gas lighting is used for the first time in the Chestnut Theatre

1812 Siege of Moscow is lifted.

Battle of 1812 between U.S. and England

1812 Georges Cuvier founds comparative vertabrate paleontology

1814 George Stephenson constructs the first effective steam locomotive.

1820 1825 Arrives in America with Parents 1820 Debut of actor Edwin Forrest

1821 Debut of actor Junius Brutus Booth in Richmond, VA

1826 Opening of the Bowery Theatre, NY

1820 The Missouri Compromise

1823 The Monroe Doctrine

1820 First iron steamship is launched.

1821 Michael Faraday builds the first electric motor.

1825 Erie canal opens

1830 1834 Marries James Mowatt 1833 St. Charles Theatre opens in New Orleans, LA 1832 South Carolina threatens secession over the "Tariff of Abominations" 1834  Cyrus McCormick patents the reaper

1837 Samuel B. Morse invents the telegraph

1840 1841 Publication of Gulzara, or the Persian Slave

Appears as a public reader in Boston

1845 Fashion opens at the Park Theatre, New York

Debuts as an actress at the Park Theatre

1847 E.L. Davenport and Mowatt sail for a theatrical tour of England

1841 Dion Boucicault, London Assurance

1842 Lord Tennyson, Morte d'Arthur and other Idylls

1844 Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers

1847 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

1849  Astor Place Riot

1847  England cedes the southern part of Oregon Country to US.

1848  "Year of Revolutions" in Europe

Gold Rush begins

U.S. victory in the Mexican-American War

Women's Rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY

1840 John William Draper photographs the moon.

1841 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen invents the carbon- zinc battery

1846 Christian Schonbein invents gun-cotton

1847 Sir James Simpson uses chloroform as an anaesthetic during childbirth

1850 1851 James Mowatt dies.  Six months later, Anna Cora returns to the United States.

1853 Publication of Autobiography of an Actress

Retires from the stage

Marries William Foushee Ritchie

1855 Publication of Mimic Life

1857  Publication of Twin Roses

1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

1851 Herman Melville, Moby Dick

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin

1854 Opening of the New Boston Theatre

Dion Bouicault appears in Grimaldi in Cincinnati

1855 H.W. Longfellow, Song of Hiawatha

1851 Louis Napoleon caries out a coup d'etat in order to change the constitution of France

1854 Passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act

1857 The Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case renders the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional.

1859 John Brown and followers seize the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, VA

1850  Robert Wilhelm von Bunsen invents the bunsen burner.

1851 Isaac Singer's first sewing machine is built

1852 Elisha Otis installs the first safety elevator

1859 Charles Darwin publishes Origin of Species by Natural Selection.

Edwin Drake drills the first oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania

1860 1860 Samuel G. Odgen (Mowatt's father) dies

Anna Cora sails for England (leaving Ritchie)

1861 Publication of The Mute Singer

1861-63 Lives in Paris, France

1863-65 Lives in Florence, Italy

1865-70 Lives in England

1860 George Eliot, Mill on the Floss

1861 Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

1862 Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

1864 Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

1865 Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

1861 American Civil War begins

1863 Emancipation Proclamation

1865 Civil War ends

Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.

1867 U.S. buys Alaska from Russia

1861 Louis Pasteur develops the germ theory of disease

Pierre Michaux and his son Ernst construct the first pedalled bicycle.

1865 First carpet sweeper and mechanical dishwashers are constructed.

George Mendel proposes laws of heredity.

1866 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite

1870 1870 Dies in Twickenham, England 1870 Fyodor Dostoevsky, House of the Dead 1870 France declares war on Prussia 1870 Zenobe Theophile Gramme invents the first practical generator for direct current electricity.

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