Historical Events in 1831

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Jan 1st William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal

  • Jan 2nd Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
  • Jan 3rd 1st US building & loan association organized, Frankford, Penn
  • Jan 15th 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run
  • Jan 15th 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC

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Jan 22nd Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Feb 5th Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • Feb 7th Belgium adopts its Constitution
  • Feb 14th Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.
  • Feb 19th 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn
  • Feb 20th Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
  • Mar 2nd John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission
  • Mar 6th Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
  • Mar 6th Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 10th The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
  • Mar 19th 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000)
  • Mar 29th Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniak rebel against Turkey.
  • Mar 31st Mainzer Rijnvaart Convention ends
  • Mar 31st Quebec & Montreal incorporated
  • Apr 7th Dom Pedro abdicates to son, Dom Pedro II crowned emperor of Brazil
  • Apr 14th Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.
  • Jun 4th National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
  • Jun 6th 2nd national black convention (Phila)
  • Jul 1st Admiral James C Ross reaches magnetic North Pole
  • Jul 4th "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • Jul 21st Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king
  • Aug 1st London Bridge opens to traffic
  • Aug 2nd Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • Aug 8th Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgian Army
  • Aug 9th 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10th Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • Aug 10th Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • Aug 12th Dutch troops conquer Leuven
  • Aug 12th Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty
  • Aug 21st Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
  • Aug 24th John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle
  • Aug 29th Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer
  • Aug 30th Charles Darwin refuses to travel with HMS Beagle
  • Sep 1st Charles Darwin travels aboard HMS Beagle
  • Sep 8th William IV is crowned King of Great Britain.
  • Sep 11th Charles Darwin meets with capt Fitzroy at Plymouth
  • Sep 15th The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
  • Sep 26th Robert Montgomery Bird's "Gladiator" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 9th Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion.
  • Oct 17th Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres
  • Nov 7th State of Gran Colombia disbands
  • Nov 17th Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
  • Nov 22nd Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris)
  • Dec 1st Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
  • Dec 5th Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
  • Dec 10th "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet)
  • Dec 25th Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • Dec 26th Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • Dec 27th HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs England for South America
  • Dec 31st Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.