Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

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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December 31, 1841

On December 31, 1841, the State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the United States. The law required a person to have eight or fewer teeth before they could marry their first cousin, fourteen or fewer to marry … Continue reading

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December 29. 1813

On December 29, 1813, during the War of 1812, the British burned Buffalo, New York. The natives barely even noticed.

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December 28, 1832

On December 28, 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first American Vice President to resign from office. He did so because of differences in ideology with President Andrew Jackson. He believed the rule of law should be followed and Jackson … Continue reading

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December 20, 1820

On December 20, 1820, the state of Missouri enacted a law that taxed all bachelors between the ages of 21 to 50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year, which would be about $20 today. It wasn’t enough … Continue reading

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December 6, 1877

On December 6, 1877, inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone for the public, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. It was later shown that if you played it backwards, it said, “Won og ot … Continue reading

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December 2, 1823

On December 2, 1823, the President of the United States, James Monroe, outlined his doctrine that opposed European expansion in the Western Hemisphere. This became known as the Monroe Doctrine. The leaders of the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere … Continue reading

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November 18, 1820

On November 18, 1820, Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica. He did not see the Ice Wall surrounding the Earth, space aliens, or other-dimensional demons thumbing for a ride to the southern most … Continue reading

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