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Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar).

1848 is historically famous for the US Gold Rush and the wave of revolutions that significantly altered the political and philosophical landscape and had major ramifications throughout the rest of the century.


Events of 1848

January – March

CalGoldRushMap

Map of the Gold Regions of California

July – September

  • August 19 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States that there is a gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
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