Historical Events in 1836

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Jan 5 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • Jan 12 Battle of Wetumka, Fla

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Jan 12 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • Feb 3 Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany NY)
  • Feb 6 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

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Feb 7 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • Feb 17 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania
  • Feb 22 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea
  • Feb 23 Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

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Feb 25 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt
  • Feb 25 US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.
  • Feb 29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris

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Mar 2 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico in Columbia

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • Mar 5 Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model
  • Mar 6 Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexicans overwhelm the Texans at the Alamo, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett
  • Mar 6 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach King George's Sound, Australia
  • Mar 14 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Australia
  • Mar 16 Constitution of the Republic of Texas approved, legalises slavery
  • Mar 23 Coin Press invented by Franklin Beale
  • Mar 27 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)
  • Apr 1 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands
  • Apr 14 US Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin
  • Apr 19 Nikolai Gogol's "Revisor" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Apr 20 Territory of Wisconsin created
  • Apr 21 Battle of San Jacinto, Texas wins independence from Mexico
  • May 7 The settlement of Mayag├╝ez, Puerto Rico, is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain.
  • May 9 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius
  • May 15 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
  • May 22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • May 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope
  • Jun 1 Charles Darwin returns to Capetown
  • Jun 15 Arkansas becomes 25th state of the Union
  • Jun 16 London Working Men's Association forms
  • Jun 18 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-Africa

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Jul 1 US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • Jul 4 Wisconsin Territory forms
  • Jul 8 Charles Darwin reaches Saint Helena in HMS Beagle
  • Jul 13 US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
  • Jul 19 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Ascension
  • Jul 20 Charles Darwin climbs Green Hill on Ascension
  • Jul 21 1st Canadian RR opens, between Laprairie & St John, Quebec
  • Jul 27 Adelaide, South Australia, founded
  • Jul 29 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Jul 30 First English language newspaper published in Hawaii
  • Aug 1 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin returns to Bahia Brazil
  • Aug 17 British parliament accepts registration of births, marriages and deaths
  • Aug 17 Charles Darwin leaves South America for last time on HMS Beagle
  • Aug 19 HMS Beagle anchors at Angra Azores
  • Aug 30 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen
  • Aug 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
  • Sep 1 Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
  • Sep 1 Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 5 Sam Houston elected President of the Republic of Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • Sep 25 HMS Beagle anchors at St Michael
  • Oct 2 Darwin returns to England aboard HMS Beagle (after 5 years)
  • Oct 12 18" of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY
  • Oct 22 Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas
  • Oct 24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Nov 10 Louis Napoleon banished to America
  • Nov 11 Chile declares war on Bolivia & Peru
  • Dec 4 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pa

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Dec 10 Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia.
  • Dec 14 The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • Dec 15 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
  • Dec 27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • Dec 28 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • Dec 30 Lehman Theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die