Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: June 15-21


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: May 25-31


May 25, 240 BC: First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.

May 26, 1879: Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.

May 27, 1703: Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of St. Petersburg.

May 28, 1503: James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion results in a peace that lasts ten years.

May 29, 1886: Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appears in the Atlanta Journal.

May 30, 1806: Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickenson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

May 31, 1859: The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.








Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: May 18-24


May 18, 1803: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.

May 19, 1897: Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

May 20, 1609: Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London by Thomas Thorpe.

May 21, 1502: The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer Jaõa da Nova.

May 22, 1816: A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs.

May 23, 1813: South American independence leader Simon Bolivar enters Mérida and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).

May 24, 1798: The Irish Rebellion of 1798 begins, led by the United Irishmen against British rule.







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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: May 4-10


May 4, 1814: Napoleon arrives at Protoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.

May 5, 1821: Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

May 6, 1527: Spanish and German forces sack Rome, and event considered by some historians to be the end of the Renaissance.

May 7, 1794: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being  as the new state religion of the First French Republic.

May 8, 1899: The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.

May 9, 1874: The first horse-drawn bus begins operation in Mumbai, traveling two routes.

May 10, 1824: The National Gallery in London opens to the public.









Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: April 27-May 3


April 27, 1813: US Troops capture the capital of Upper Canada in the Battle of York (now Toronto).

April 28, 1789: The Mutiny on the Bounty occurs when Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift by a rebellious crew.

April 29, 1770: James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia.

April 30, 1803: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

May 1, 1786: Opening night of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro in Vienna, Austria.

May 2, 1808: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation at the beginning of the Peninsular War.

May 3, 1802: Washington, DC is incorporated as a city.








Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: April 20-26


April 20, 1657: Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

April 21, 753 BC: The traditional date of the foundation of Rome by Romulus and Remus.

April 22, 1889: At noon, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours, the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.

April 23, 1815: The Second Serbian Uprising erupts after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.

April 24, 1800: The US Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as my be necessary for the use of Congress”.

April 25, 1792: La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

April 26, 1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the sky over L’Aigle, France.








Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: April 13-19


April 13, 1742: George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

April 14, 1828: Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

April 15, 1802: William Wordsworth sees a “long belt” of daffodils with his sister Dorothy, inspiring him to write I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

April 16, 1746: The Battle of Culloden is fought in Scotland between French-supported Jacobites and British Hanovarian forces.

April 17, 1797: Citizens of Verona, Italy begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.

April 18, 1506: The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.

April 19, 1855: Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.









Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: April 6-12


April 6, 1808: John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, which would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.

April 7, 1827: John Walker, and English chemist, sells the first friction match.

April 8, 1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

April 9, 1511: St. John’s College, Cambridge, England (founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort) receives its charter.

April 10, 1815: The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15.

April 11, 1814: The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon.

April 12, 1606: The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.









Regency, This Week In History

This Week In History: March 30-April 5


March 30, 1863: Danish Prince Wilhelm Georg is chose as King George of Greece.

March 31, 1889: The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.

April 1, 1826: Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine.

April 2, 1800: Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.

April 3, 1860: The first successful US Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.

April 4, 1814: Napoleon abdicates for the first time.

April 5, 1804: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.