The year is 1842.
February 21: John Greenough patents first sewing machine;
February 22: Lincoln gives Temperance Speech;
May 14: The Illustrated London News begins publication;
May 25: Christian Doppler discovers the Doppler Effect;
May 30: John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria;
Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia uses ether as an anesthetic;
August 29: Britain ends the Opium War against China;
October 15: Karl Marx becomes editor of Rheinische Zeitung;
November 22: Mount St. Helens erupts;
December 7: New York Philharmonic gives its first concert;
January 3: Charles Dickens sets sail for America.
At the 2017 festival you can follow along on his journey
and see America through the eyes of Charles Dickens.