Kôka 3 (弘化三年)
Timeline of 1846
- 1846/4/5 Protestant missionary Bernard Bettelheim arrives in Ryûkyû aboard the British ship Starling.
- 1846/4/7 A French ship called Sabine arrives in Ryûkyû.
- 1846/5/13 Two other French warships arrive in Ryûkyû.
- 1846/8 The French ships depart Ryûkyû, and take with them the missionary Theodore Augustin Forcade, who had arrived in Ryûkyû in 1844, aboard the Alcmene.
Other Events of 1846
- Emperor Ninkô is succeeded by his son, who takes the throne as Emperor Kômei.
- Matsudaira Katamori is adopted by the lord of Aizu han.
- Renovations are undertaken at Shuri castle.
- The shogunate relents on a ten-year ban, issued in 1839, against the sale of "Ryukyu goods" in Nagasaki.
- The USS Columbus and USS Vincennes, captained by Commodore James Biddle call at Uraga, near Edo.
Births and Deaths
- 1846/1/31 Ishii Yûjirô of the Shinsengumi is born.
- 1846, July 9 Merriman Harris is born.
- Emperor Ninkô dies.
- Kanô Osanobu dies (b. 1796).
- Imperial Princess Kazu-no-Miya is born.
- Shinsengumi member Kawai Tetsugorô is born.
- Nakatani Shinshichi, builder of structures at San Francisco's Hagiwara Tea Garden, is born (d. 1922).
- Prince Rinnôji is born (d. 1895).
- Two members of the crew of the French ship Sabine die, and are buried in Unten.
- Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi is born.