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  • Jan 12 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever

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Jan 22 Lord Byron completes "Parisina" & "Siege of Corinth"

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • Feb 13 -14] Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire
  • Feb 20 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome

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Feb 27 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Mar 6 Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck Germany
  • Mar 20 US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions
  • Apr 9 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)
  • Apr 10 2nd Bank of US chartered

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Apr 10 Samuel Taylor Coleridge recites his poem "Kubla Khan" to fellow poet Lord Byron, who persuades him to publish it

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • May 5 American Bible Society organized (NY)
  • May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes "Genarvon", thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron, also depicting her husband William Lamb
  • May 10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • May 11 American Bible Society forms (NY)
  • May 25 Collection of poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge published by John Murray in London, including "Kubla Khan" and "Christabel"
  • Jun 6 10" of snowfall in New England, part of a "year without a summer" which followed the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
  • Jun 11 Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded
  • Jun 19 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Jul 1 French frigate Medusa wrecked; basis of Géricault's painting "Raft of the Medusa"
  • Jul 3 French frigate "Medusa" runs aground off Cap Blanc. Gross incompetence kills 150 in calm seas
  • Jul 8 Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during "year without a summer"
  • Jul 9 Argentina declares independence from Spain
  • Jul 19 Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days
  • Jul 27 US troops destroy Fort Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves
  • Aug 8 Bavaria joins Holy Alliance
  • Aug 14 Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha
  • Aug 19 Java again in Dutch hands
  • Aug 24 The Treaty of St. Louis is signed by the USA and the united tribes of Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Aug 27 Lord Exmouth bombards Algiers, a refuge for Barbary pirates

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Sep 5 Louis XVIII has to dissolve the Chambre introuvable ("Unobtainable Chamber").

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
  • Oct 7 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans
  • Oct 21 The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
  • Nov 19 Warsaw University is established.
  • Dec 2 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 4 James Monroe (VA), elected 5th US President, defeating Federalist Rufus King

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • Dec 10 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • Dec 11 Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
  • Dec 11 Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
  • Dec 13 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
  • Dec 28 American Colonization Society organizes
  • Dec 30 The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed.