On This Day

Historical Events in 1833

  • Jan 1 British government demands Falkland islands
  • Jan 1 Curacao census: 2,602 whites, 6,531 free people, 5,894 slaves
  • Jan 2 Re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands.
  • Jan 3 Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic
  • Jan 8 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established

Music History

Jan 10 Felix Mendelssohn's cantata "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" premieres in Berlin

  • Jan 15 HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego
  • Jan 23 Joseph Pease, a Quaker, admitted to Parliament on his affirmation
  • Jan 26 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 17 Phoenix Society forms (NY)
  • Mar 20 US & Siam sign commercial treaty
  • Apr 4 St Etienne-Lyons railway fully opens in France
  • Apr 9 1st US tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Apr 24 Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain
  • May 2 Russian Tsar Nicolas I bans public sale of serfs
  • May 11 "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in North Atlantic; kills 215
  • Jun 3 4th national black convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • Jun 27 Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury, Connecticut
  • Jun 28 Three missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society obtain permission from Chief Moshoeshoe (Moshesh) to found a mission station in Basutoland (now Lesotho)
  • Jul 8 Russia and Turkey sign defense treaty
  • Jul 23 Cornerstones are laid for the construction of the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Jul 24 HMS Beagle departs Maldonado, Uruguay
  • Aug 3 HMS Beagle reaches river mouth of Rio Negro
  • Aug 10 Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200
  • Aug 12 The town of Chicago is incorporated (population 350)
  • Aug 24 HMS Beagle reaches Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Fighting The Scourge of Child Labour

Aug 29 Britain’s 1st Factory Act becomes law "to regulate the Labour of Children and young Persons in the Mills and Factories of the United Kingdom"

  • Sep 3 New York Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper)
  • Sep 4 1st newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, 10 years old by the NY Sun)

Historic Event

Sep 20 Charles Darwin arrives in Buenos Aires after travelling through the Argentine interior with guachos

  • Oct 2 NY Anti-Slavery Society organized
  • Oct 29 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded

Historic Event

Nov 8 Train derails at Hightstown, New Jersey, killing two people. Also onboard are Cornelius Vanderbilt and former President John Quincy Adams.

  • Nov 12 The great Leonid Meteor shower recorded
  • Nov 18 Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven
  • Dec 3 Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens
  • Dec 4 American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia