Timeline: 1841-1845

BEFORE

1841

  • February. The Federal Republic of Central America officially dissolves after the final constituent state, El Salvador, declares itself an independent nation.1
  • March 4. William Henry Harrison (68) is sworn in as ninth President of the United States.2
  • April 4. United States President William Henry Harrison (68) dies from pneumonia. Vice President John Tyler (51) is sworn in as tenth President of the United States.3

1842

  • September 21. The world devourer Galactus arrives at the planet Zenn-La. Young adventurer Norrin Radd (57) negotiates a reprieve for his planet by agreeing to become Galactus's herald. Norrin is transformed into the Silver Surfer by the Power Cosmic, and given vast power, but his memories are largely suppressed in order to limit his empathy for Galactus's future victims.

1843

  • The twins Abby and Zara drop off a book, a volume of the extra-dimensional History of the Earth, in a book store in London.4
  • December 24-25. The ghost of Jacob Marley appears to his former business partner Ebenezer Scrooge (57), heralding visits by other spectral beings. Scrooge is subsequently visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, who take him on space/time journeys, and remind Scrooge of the value of kindness and warn him that he will die unmourned if he does not change his ways. Scrooge repents, and he subsequently has a deep shift in his outlook, makes his clerk Bob Cratchit (30) a partner, connects with his nephew, helps Cratchit's lame son Tim (6) get the medical help he needs, and becomes generous and kind to all.5
  • Births: Frederick George Abberline (January 8), William McKinley (January 29)6, Melanie Hamilton (July 1)

1844

1845

  • March 3. The Florida Territory is admitted to the United States as the state of Florida, the twenty-seventh state to join the Union.7
  • March 29 (Saturday). St. Petersburg, Missouri boy Tom Sawyer (12) is forced to whitewash a fence as punishment for skipping afternoon school the previous day. He cleverly tricks other kids into doing the work for him.8
  • March 30 (Sunday). Tom Sawyer formally meets Becky Thatcher, whom he develops a crush on.9
  • March 31 (Monday). Tom Sawyer, in school, becomes romantically involved with Becky Thatcher, and they kiss several times. Later in the day, Becky gets upset about Tom's previous crush, and their "relationship" begins to collapse.10
  • March 31. Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn (12) play in a cemetery at night. There they accidentally become secret witnesses to a murder, as the criminal "Injun Joe" murders local Dr. Robinson during a crime gone wrong. Tom and Huck flee.11
  • April 1. When the body of Dr. Robinson is found, Injun Joe fingers Muff Potter as the killer. Potter is arrested. Tom Sawyer, knowing the truth, begins bringing Potter gifts as his jail window.12
  • April 8-9. Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Joe Harper run away to Jackson Island. After they fall asleep, their raft drifts away, and they later discover that their loved ones believe they have died after finding the derelict raft.13
  • April 13 (Sunday). Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Joe Harper return to St. Petersburg and reveal themselves in the middle of their own funeral. Tom and Joe's families are happy to be reunited with them, and Tom's Aunt Polly hugs Huck to make him feel good.14
  • June 8. Former United States president and genocidal maniac Andrew Jackson (78) dies from chronic tuberculosis, dropsy, and heart failure.15
  • December 3-4. The Doctor ("ninth" incarnation) and Rose Tyler (19) find themselves caught up in a pocket dimension attuned to the mind of writer Emily Brontë. Together with Emily, they are forced to disconnect the realm from Earth.16
  • December 29. The Republic of Texas is annexed to the United States, becoming the state of Texas, the Union's twenty-eighth state.17
  • December 29. The Tan Texas moves into America's () house.
  • Births: Oscar Zoroaster Diggs (April 19)

AFTER

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