Category Archives: 1810s

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.

Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ premieres in Rome 200 years ago today (Feb 20 1816)

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(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.