Category Archives: 1810s

‘Frankenstein’ published anonymously in London 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 1 1818)


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(Thursday, January 1, 1818) — The first edition of the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by English author Mary Shelley, 20, which tells the story of a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment, was published anonymously today by the small London publishing house Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones. Continue reading ‘Frankenstein’ published anonymously in London 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 1 1818)

Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 10 1817)


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(Wednesday, December 10, 1817) — President James Monroe today signed a congressional resolution that admitted the western portion of Mississippi Territory as the State of Mississippi, located in the Southern United States, with part of its southern border formed by the Gulf of Mexico and its western border formed by the Mississippi River, as the 20th state of the Union. Continue reading Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 10 1817)

Monroe inaugurated as fifth U.S. President, Tompkins as sixth VP 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1817)

(Tuesday, March 4, 1817, midday local time) — Secretary of State James Monroe of Virginia was inaugurated today as the fifth President of the United States in front of the Old Brick Capitol (where the Supreme Court building now stands) with Chief Justice John Marshall administering the oath of office. Continue reading Monroe inaugurated as fifth U.S. President, Tompkins as sixth VP 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1817)

Monroe defeats King in presidential election landslide 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 4 1816)


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(Wednesday, December 4, 1816, during the United States presidential election, 1816) — Democratic-Republican Secretary of State James Monroe of Virginia was elected President of the United States today over Federalist Senator Rufus King of New York. Continue reading Monroe defeats King in presidential election landslide 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 4 1816)

First U.S. savings bank opens in Philadelphia 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 2 1816)


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(Monday, December 2, 1816) — The first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business today in the office of the Saving Fund Society’s first Secretary and Treasurer, George Billington, located on the west side of South Sixth Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets.

Snowstorm strikes northeastern U.S., heralding ‘Year Without a Summer’ 200 years ago today (June 6 1816)


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(Thursday, June 6, 1816) — A snowstorm struck the northeastern U.S. today, specifically in Albany, New York, and Dennysville, Maine, heralding what would become known as the “Year Without a Summer.”

Evidence suggests that the anomaly was predominantly a volcanic winter event caused by the massive 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies.