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 The French ship Cleopatre, captained by Jean-Baptiste Cecille, arrives in Ryûkyû along with another French warship.
- 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. They leave two new missionaries, Mathieu Adnet and Pierre-Julien Le Turdu, to take his place.
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.
- New York-based publisher John T. White produces a set of kana type for type-printing.
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).
- Jacques Sallus and Francois-Charles Guitart, two members of the crew of the French ship Sabine, die and are buried in Unten.
- Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi is born.