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Jan 18th José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • Jan 22nd British freighter Diana sinks off Malaya
  • Jan 25th Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 31st Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau" premieres in Vienna
  • Feb 5th 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • Feb 17th 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • Mar 2nd 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
  • Mar 3rd Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
  • Mar 8th The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
  • Mar 25th Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians
  • Apr 15th 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)
  • Apr 17th 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • Apr 22nd Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
  • May 15th Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
  • May 15th Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • May 16th Mississippi River steamboat service begins
  • Jun 24th 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
  • Jul 4th Construction on Erie Canal begins at Rome, NY
  • Jul 4th Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America
  • Jul 12th 1st flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland)
  • Jul 12th Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course
  • Aug 18th Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
  • Sep 9th Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College

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Sep 22nd John Quincy Adams becomes US Secretary of State

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • Oct 9th University of Gent officially opens
  • Oct 20th 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • Nov 20th First Seminole War begins in Florida
  • Nov 25th First sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
  • Nov 27th US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War
  • Dec 10th Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union
  • Dec 16th Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
  • Dec 30th 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona)