Category Archives: 1810s

Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ first performed in Salzburg, Austria 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 24 1818)


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(Thursday, December 24, 1818, Christmas Eve) — The Christmas carol “Silent Night” (Stille Nacht), with words by the priest Josef Mohr, set to music by organist Franz Xaver Gruber, was publicly performed for the first time tonight during the Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria. Continue reading Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ first performed in Salzburg, Austria 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 24 1818)

Illinois enters Union as 21st state 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 3 1818)


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(Thursday, December 3, 1818)Illinois, located in the Midwestern region of the United States, was admitted to the Union today as the 21st state, with its capital at Kaskaskia, headquartered in a small building rented by the state. Continue reading Illinois enters Union as 21st state 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 3 1818)

Congress approves redesign of U.S. flag 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 4 1818)

(Saturday, April 4, 1818) — The Flag Act of 1818 was enacted by Congress today, providing for the modern rule of 13 red and white stripes to represent the original thirteen colonies and 20 stars to match the number of states, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

‘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)

America’s first public gas street lamp lighted in Baltimore 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 7 1817)

(Friday, February 7, 1817) — America’s first public gas street lamp was lighted today in Baltimore at the corner of Market and Lemon streets (now East Baltimore and Holliday streets), provided by Peale’s Gas Light Company of Baltimore.

Indiana becomes 19th state 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1816)


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(Wednesday, December 11, 1816) — President James Madison signed an act of Congress today admitting Indiana, located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America, into the Union as the nineteenth state. Continue reading Indiana becomes 19th state 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1816)

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.