Historical Events in 1823

Historic Event

Jan 3 Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.

  • Jan 27 President Monroe appoints first US ambassadors to South America

Music Premiere

Feb 2 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice

  • Feb 20 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74°15' S, 1520 km from South Pole
  • Mar 11 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vermont
  • Apr 22 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
  • Apr 22 R J Tyers patents roller skates
  • Apr 24 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris
  • May 8 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • May 10 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling
  • Jun 16 King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp
  • Jul 1 9th US Postmaster General: John McLean of Ohio takes office
  • Jul 1 United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico
  • Jul 2 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia
  • Jul 14 Switzerland signs boundaries for fugitives
  • Jul 15 A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome
  • Jul 24 Slavery is abolished in Chile

Appointment of Interest

Sep 10 Simón Bolívar named President of Peru

Historic Event

Sep 21 Moroni first appears to Joseph Smith, according to Smith

  • Oct 12 Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs)
  • Nov 12 Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens

Historic Event

Dec 2 US President James Monroe declares the "Monroe Doctrine" opposing European colonialism in the Americas, arguing any European political intervention in the New World would be a hostile act against the United States

Theater Premiere

Dec 20 Play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" by Helmina von Chézy with incidental music by Franz Schubert premieres in Vienna

  • Dec 23 "Visit from St Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel