Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

March 16, 1871

On March 16, 1871, the state of Delaware, enacted the first fertilizer law in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, it didn’t state that you couldn’t stuff 60 lbs of poo into a 50 lb bag, instead, it taxed … Continue reading

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March 10, 1876

On March 10, 1876, the first telephone call was between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant. It was recorded that Mr. Bell said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” The lesser known second call was also between … Continue reading

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March 8, 1894

On March 8, 1894, the first dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. This was a tiered statute, with different types of licensing for the various classes of dogs. Small dogs, such as a terrier were … Continue reading

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March 3, 1801

On March 3rd, 1801, David Emmanuel took office as the elected Governor of the state of Georgia. There has been the reoccurring rumor that he and his family were Jewish, and that would have made him the first Jewish governor … Continue reading

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March 1, 1879

On March 1, 1879, the Library of Hawaii was founded and began providing books to the citizens of the islands. It was also on this date that the library at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (later to be … Continue reading

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February 24, 1807

On February 24, 1807, in London, England, approximately 40 thousand people gathered at Newgate Prison to watch the hanging of John Holloway, Owen Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey. Holloway and Heggerty had been convicted for the murder of lavender-water shop owner … Continue reading

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February 23, 1886

On February 23, 1886, scientist and inventor Charles Martin Hall, along with his older sister, Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum. Aluminum is the most abundant metal found throughout the world, but it wasn’t until that … Continue reading

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February 22, 1819

On February 22, 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States via the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819. No money was exchanged but the western boundaries of the United States and the Spanish Territories in the Americas were negotiated. This treaty … Continue reading

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February 21, 1857

On February 21, 1857, the US Congress outlawed foreign currency as legal tender in the United States. Up until that time, foreign coin (especially the Spanish dollar) was allowed as legal tender throughout America, with the metal value of the … Continue reading

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February 20, 1839

On February 20, 1839, the US Congress officially banned dueling within the District of Columbia. If the esteemed Representatives and Senators from the 26 states of the United States had a disagreement that could not be settled amicably or within … Continue reading

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