Historical Events in 1826

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  • Jan 1st Baron Van der Capellen resigns as governor of Dutch-Indies
  • Jan 30th The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
  • Feb 11th University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
  • Feb 13th American Temperance Society forms in Boston
  • Feb 24th The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
  • Feb 28th M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet
  • Mar 4th 1st US RR chartered, Granite Railway in Quincy, Mass
  • Mar 14th General Congress of South American States assembles at Panama

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Mar 21st Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna

  • Apr 1st Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine
  • Apr 1st Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine"
  • Apr 10th The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
  • Apr 12th Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London
  • Apr 23rd Missolonghi captured by Turks
  • May 22nd HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage to survey Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
  • Jun 15th Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II abolishes the elite Janissary corps executing thousands for treason to make way for a more modern army
  • Jun 20th Siam and Britain sign trade/peace treaty
  • Jun 21st Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.
  • Jul 26th Vilnus Lithuanian riots cause death of many Jews
  • Jul 30th Java prince Dipo Negoro surprise attacks Dutch colony, 82 killed
  • Aug 19th Canada Co chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • Aug 22nd Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
  • Aug 24th Netherland's South Willems Port (Bosch-Liege) opens
  • Sep 3rd USS Vincennes leaves NY to become 1st warship to circumnavigate globe
  • Oct 7th Granite Railway (1st chartered railway in US) begins operations
  • Nov 15th Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
  • Nov 25th The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy.
  • Nov 27th John Walker invents friction match in England
  • Dec 16th Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.