Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: May 11-17


May 11, 1812: Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.

May 12, 1821: The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.

May 13, 1787: Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.

May 14, 1796: Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.

May 15, 1800: George III survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason of insanity.

May 16, 1770: Fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette marries fifteen-year-old Louis-Auguste, who later becomes Louis XVI of France.

May 17, 1809: Napoleon orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.








Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: January 19-25


January 19, 1812: After a ten day siege, the Duke of Wellington orders British soldiers of the Light and Third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.

January 20, 1783: Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American War of Independence.

January 21, 1793: Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

January 22, 1506: The first contingent of Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.

January 23, 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded an M.D., becoming the first female doctor in the US.

January 24, 1857: The University of Calcutta is founded.

January 25, 1858: Queen Victoria’s daughter Victoria marries Friedrich of Prussia, using Felix Mendelssohn’s The Wedding March as part of the ceremony.