- Jan 8 Sophie Germain is the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her paper on elasticity
- Jan 12 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever
- Jan 22 Lord Byron completes poems "Parisina" and "Siege of Corinth"
- Feb 13 -14] Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire
- Feb 20 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
- Feb 27 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon
- 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
"L'Argus" accidentally discovers raft holding survivors from wrecked French frigate "Méduse." After 13 days at sea only 15 of 151 remain, the rest having been cannibalised, murdered, or committed suicide. This event was made famous by Théodore Gericault’s painting "The Raft of the Medusa"
On July 17, 1816
French frigate "La Méduse" runs aground under incompetent leadership of aristocrat Viscount of Chaumareys, forcing evacuation of 400 passengers. 150 men, 1 woman are left on "la Machine," a poorly provisioned raft. 13 days later only 15 survivors remain due to starvation, riots, madness, suicide, and cannibalism
On July 2, 1816