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Historical Events in 1825

  • Jan 3 Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community
  • Jan 19 Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
  • Jan 25 1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY

USATrail of Tears

Jan 27 US Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for the forced relocation of the Eastern Indian tribes via the "Trail of Tears"
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The Trail of Tears, painting by Robert Lindneux, 1942
The Trail of Tears, painting by Robert Lindneux, 1942
  • Feb 3 Dutch North Sea coast floods
  • Feb 5 Hannah Lord Montague of NY creates 1st detachable shirt collar

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 9 House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • Feb 12 Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
  • Feb 19 Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck" premieres in Vienna
  • Feb 22 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
  • Mar 2 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • Mar 4 John Quincy Adams inaugurated as 6th President of the USA
  • Apr 10 1st hotel in Hawaii opens
  • Apr 10 Nicaraguan constituent assembly meets at Leon
  • Apr 19 33 patriotic exiles return to Uruguay
  • May 20 Charles X becomes King of France

  • May 25 American Unitarian Association founded
  • Jun 4 Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC
  • Jun 11 The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City
  • Jun 19 Gioacchino Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims" premieres
  • Jun 20 Coronation of Charles X, the last Bourbon King of France
  • Jun 22 British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America
  • Jul 21 Java princess Dipo Negoro/Mangkubumi declare war on all non-islamics
  • Jul 30 Malden Island is discovered in the central Pacific by British warship HMS Blonde
  • Aug 6 Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)
  • Aug 14 Dutch King Willem I throws foreign students out
  • Aug 25 Uruguay declares independence from Brazil (National Day)
  • Aug 29 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" becomes the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Oct 7 Miramichi Fire - forest fire disaster in New Brunswick

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 17 1st opera by Franz Liszt, "Don Sanche" premieres in Paris

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • Oct 26 Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opens
  • Nov 26 1st college fraternity founded (Kappa Alpha (Union College, NY))
  • Nov 29 1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 US President John Adams suggests establishment of a national observatory

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • Dec 26 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]