On This Day

Events in History in 1827

  • Jan 1 Dutch Trade Company NHM gets opium monopoly on Java
  • Jan 17 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander
  • Feb 7 Ballet (Deserter) introduced to US at Bowery Theater (NYC)
  • Feb 27 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • Feb 28 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered
  • Mar 7 Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England, is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand
  • Mar 15 University of Toronto is chartered
  • Mar 16 First US newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" owned and operated by African Americans begins publishing in New York City
  • Apr 2 US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils
  • Apr 7 English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches

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Apr 10 George Canning becomes British Prime Minister upon the resignation of Robert Jenkinson, lives to serve only 119 days

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
British Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson
British Prime Minister
Robert Jenkinson
  • Apr 23 Irish mathematician and astronomer William Rowan Hamilton presents his Theory of Systems of Rays
  • Jun 5 Turks capture the Acropolis and take Athens during the Greek War of Independence
  • Jul 4 Slavery abolished in New York
  • Aug 10 Race riots in Cincinnati (1,000 blacks leave for Canada)
  • Aug 17 Dutch King Willem I and Pope Leo XII sign concord
  • Aug 22 José de La Mar becomes President of Peru

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Sep 21 According to Joseph Smith Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • Oct 1 The Russian army under Ivan Paskevich storms Yerevan, ending a millennium of Muslim domination in Armenia
  • Oct 8 Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)

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Oct 15 Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Oct 20 Battle at Navarino: Engl/Russ/French fleet beat Turk/Egyptian fleet
  • Nov 15 Creek-indians lose all their property in US
  • Nov 17 The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York