Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

March 24, 1815

On March 24, 1815, the first pop group fan club was formed in America. The Handel & Hayden Society was formed in Boston, Massachusetts by Gottlieb Graupner, Thomas Smith Webb, Amasa Winchester and Matthew S. Parker to cultivate and improve … Continue reading

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March 20, 1885

On March 20, 1885, Jan Matzeliger of Lynn, Massachusetts patented the shoe lacing machine. He’d previously patented a machine that manufactured shoes, putting thousands of gnomes out of business. When Quamorra Leathertack of the International Brotherhood of Gnomist Machinists and … Continue reading

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March 19, 1883

On March 19, 1883, Jan Matzeliger of Lynn, Massachusetts invented the first machine that manufactured entire shoes. This invention did two things. First, it made shoes much more affordable for the common man. Second, it put shoe making gnomes right … Continue reading

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March 4, 1841

On March 4, 1841, William Henry Harrison gave the longest US presidential inauguration speech ever. It was 8,445 words long and lasted just under two hours. He died 31 one days later. He gave the longest inauguration speech ever and … Continue reading

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February 14, 1849

On February 14, 1849, James Knox Polk became the first serving US President to have his photograph taken. People who have viewed the photograph say that it is strange, in that the Polk’s eyes and slit of a mouth seem … Continue reading

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January 30, 1835

On January 30, 1835, the very first assassination attempt against an American President occurred. Professional house painter, Richard Lawrence, was waiting in ambush for Andrew Jackson to leave the funeral of South Carolina Representative Warren R. Davis. When Jackson walked … Continue reading

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January 25, 1840

On January 25, 1840, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, commander of the United States Exploring Expedition became the first person to identify Antarctica as a new continent. Subsequent explorers confirmed his finding. Wilkes did not see any giant mutated penguins, nor was … Continue reading

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January 19, 1861

On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. They said all the cool kids were doing it. They weren’t. It was the usually quartet of troublemakers South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. You know, the ones that sit in … Continue reading

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January 4, 1884

On January 4, 1884 the last sighting of an eastern cougar was made in Ontario, Canadia. The next sighting would not be made until May 16, 1983, when Mrs. Sofia Dellarucci’s divorce was finalized and she started going to the … Continue reading

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January 2, 1872

On January 2, 1872, Brigham Young, the 71 year old leader of the Mormon Church was arrested for bigamy. He had 25 wives. Some of them hadn’t even been taken out of their original packaging and were still in mint … Continue reading

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