(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.
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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.
(Tuesday, February 20, 1816) — The opera buffa The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini premiered today at the Teatro Argentina in Rome under its original title, “Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution.”
Although Rossini’s opera received a hostile reception from the audience the first night, it fared much better at its next performance.
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(Tuesday, July 18, 1815) — Five months after the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812, the British peacefully turned over Fort Mackinac today to American Colonel Anthony Butler, then left for Drummond Island.