Events in History in 1826

  • Jan 1 Baron Van der Capellen resigns as governor of Dutch-Indies
  • Jan 30 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
  • Feb 11 University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
  • Feb 13 American Temperance Society forms in Boston
  • Feb 24 The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War
  • Feb 28 Biela's Comet rediscovered by Austrian astronomer Wilhelm von Biela (originally discovered 1772)
  • Mar 4 1st US railroad chartered, Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 General Congress of South American States assembles at Panama
  • Apr 1 Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine"
  • Apr 10 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
  • Apr 23 Missolonghi, Greece captured by Turks
  • May 22 HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage to survey Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

Event of Interest

Jun 15 Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II abolishes the elite Janissary corps executing thousands for treason to make way for a more modern army

  • Jun 20 Siam and Britain sign trade and peace treaty
  • Jun 21 Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas

United States Declaration of Independence

Jul 4 Past presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President John Quincy Adams calls "visible and palpable remarks of Divine Favor"

  • Jul 26 Riots in Vilnius, Lithuania cause the death of many Jews
  • Jul 30 Java prince Dipo Negoro surprise attacks Dutch colony, 82 killed
  • Aug 18 Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing travelling across the Sahara, is the first European to reach the fabled trading city of Timbuktu (murdered near there a few weeks later)
  • Aug 19 Canada Co. chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • Aug 22 Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
  • Aug 24 Netherlands South Willems Port (Bosch-Liege) opens
  • Sep 3 USS Vincennes leaves NY to become 1st warship to circumnavigate globe
  • Oct 7 Granite Railway (1st chartered railway in US) begins operations
  • Nov 15 Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
  • Nov 25 The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy
  • Nov 27 John Walker invents friction match in England
  • Dec 16 Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.