Historical Events for Year 1831
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Jan 1st - William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal
Jan 2nd - Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
Jan 3rd - 1st US building & loan association organized, Frankford, Penn
Jan 15th - 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run
Jan 15th - 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC
Jan 22nd - Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam
Feb 5th - Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
Feb 7th - Belgium adopts its Constitution
Feb 14th - Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.
Feb 19th - 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn
Feb 20th - Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
Naturalist Charles Darwin Mar 2nd - John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission
Mar 6th - Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
Mar 6th - Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan
Mar 10th - The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
Mar 19th - 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000)
Mar 29th - Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniak rebel against Turkey.
Mar 31st - Mainzer Rijnvaart Convention ends
Mar 31st - Quebec & Montreal incorporated
Apr 7th - Dom Pedro abdicates to son, Dom Pedro II crowned emperor of Brazil
Apr 14th - Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.
Jun 4th - National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
Jun 6th - 2nd national black convention (Phila)
Jul 1st - Admiral James C Ross reaches magnetic North Pole
Jul 4th - "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
Jul 21st - Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king
Aug 1st - London Bridge opens to traffic
Aug 2nd - Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
Aug 8th - Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgian Army
Aug 9th - 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
Rebel Slave Nat Turner Aug 10th - Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery
Aug 10th - Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
Aug 12th - Dutch troops conquer Leuven
Aug 12th - Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty
Aug 21st - Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
Aug 24th - John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle
Aug 29th - Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer
Aug 30th - Charles Darwin refuses to travel with HMS Beagle
Sep 1st - Charles Darwin travels aboard HMS Beagle
Sep 8th - William IV is crowned King of Great Britain.
Sep 11th - Charles Darwin meets with capt Fitzroy at Plymouth
Sep 15th - The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
Sep 26th - Robert Montgomery Bird's "Gladiator" premieres in NYC
Oct 9th - Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion.
Oct 17th - Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres
Nov 7th - State of Gran Colombia disbands
Nov 17th - Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
Nov 22nd - Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris)
Dec 1st - Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
Dec 5th - Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
Dec 10th - "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet)
Dec 25th - Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
Dec 26th - Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
Dec 27th - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs England for South America
Dec 31st - Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.