Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: June 15-21

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June 15, 1215: King John puts his seal to the Magna Carta.


June 16, 1816: Lord Byron challenges Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori to write a ghost story at his villa in Italy.


June 17, 1839: In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands.


June 18, 1815: The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonapart by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher forcing him to abdicate the throng of France for the second time.


June 19, 1862: The US Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sanford.


June 20, 1837: Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.


June 21, 1791: King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.


 

Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: February 2-8

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February 2, 1812: Russia establishes a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, California.


February 3, 1783: Spain recognizes United States independence.


February 4, 1794: The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.


February 5, 1810: The siege of Cadiz begins.


February 6, 1819: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.


February 7, 1856: The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the second piece of legislation anywhere in the world providing for elections by secret ballot.


February 8, 1693: The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by William III and Mary II.