Events in History in 1829

"Faust, Part 1" Premieres

Jan 19 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's tragic play "Faust, Part 1" premieres

  • Feb 2 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
  • Mar 2 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Andrew Jackson inaugurated as 7th US President

  • Mar 4 Unruly crowd mobs White House during President Andrew Jackson's inaugural ball
  • Mar 16 Ohio authorizes high school night classes
  • Mar 22 The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece
  • Apr 9 Danzig (Gdańsk) dike break flood kills 1,200
  • Apr 13 The Roman Catholic Relief Act passed by the British Parliament; it was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout the UK.
  • Apr 25 Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom
  • Apr 28 Dutch parliament accepts new press laws
  • May 2 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia

Event of Interest

May 15 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith

  • May 24 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate
  • Jun 5 HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba
  • Jun 10 The first Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race takes place

‘Bobbies’ Take To The Streets Of London

Jun 19 Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London, the city's 1st modern police force

  • Jul 4 Cornerstone laid for 2nd US mint at Chestnut and Juniper St, Philadelphia, the "Grecian Temple"
  • Jul 4 The first London bus "omnibus", operated by George Shillibeer, begins service between Marylebone Road and Bank Junction

1st U.S. Typographer

Jul 23 William Austin Burt patents America's first "typographer" (typewriter)

  • Aug 8 French government of De Polignac forms
  • Aug 9 "Stourbridge Lion" locomotive goes into service
  • Aug 16 Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
  • Aug 25 President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses
  • Sep 12 Greek War of Independence ends after 8 years and 6 months
  • Sep 14 Peace of Adrianopel: ends Russian-Turkish war
  • Sep 24 Russia & Ottoman Empire sign Peace Treaty of Adrianople

Assassination Attempt

Sep 25 Failed assassination attempt on Simon Bolívar

  • Sep 28 Walker's Appeal, racial antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston
  • Sep 29 The first units of the London Metropolitan Police appear on the streets of the British capital, the city's 1st modern police force
  • Oct 1 South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; later to separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
  • Oct 16 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
  • Oct 17 1st supposed attack on abandoned German teenager Kaspar Hauser
  • Oct 17 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
  • Oct 25 Eastern State Penitentiary opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the world's 1st prison to entirely use solitary confinement system intended for rehabilitation; designed by Robert Strickland, it closed in 1971, and is now a museum [1]
  • Nov 20 Jews expelled from Nikolayev & Sevastopol, Russia
  • Nov 30 First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the groundbreaking
  • Dec 4 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India, a Hindu practice where a widow burns herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
  • Dec 21 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore