1845


February.

Dickens turns 33.

Charles Dickens’s 33rd birthday was on 7 February 1845. Dickens was in Italy at the time.

June.

Leaves Italy.

The Dickens family end their extended stay in Italy, heading back to England, via Switzerland and Belgium.

July.

SS Great Britain maiden voyage.

The passenger steamship SS Great Britain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, embarked on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York.

October.

Birth of Alfred Dickens.

Dickens’s sixth child, Alfred D’Orsay Tennyson, is born.

November.

Daily News.

Dickens co-founds and is appointed the first editor of a new morning paper, The Daily News.

December.

The Cricket on the Hearth.

The Cricket on the Hearth is published, the third of the five Dickens’s Christmas novellas.