A Year In History: 1742

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

April 13

Handel’s “Messiah” premieres in Dublin

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah oratorio receives its world premiere on April 13, 1742—in the decidedly secular context of a concert hall in Dublin, Ireland. Nowadays, the performance of Handel’s Messiah oratorio at Christmas time is a tradition almost as deeply entrenched as decorating trees and hanging stockings. In churches and concert halls around the world, the most […]