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A variation of what we've been doing in the Random Thoughts thread, this game will test your googling skills to the max.

We will start the game at the year 1800. It will kind of come out like a big time line of interesting historical facts or just general interest facts that occured in that year (but nothing personal about yourself). Maybe it will help some of our Songfactors who are currently still studying at school.

I'll start with the year 1800, next person please google for 1801.


Electric light first produced by Sir Humphrey Davy. (who lived in the next town to me)

Use of high pressure steam pioneered by Richard Trevithick. (who lived in the exact same town as me!)

Earliest Bible Christian registers.

Royal College of Surgeons founded.

Herschel discovers infra-red light.

Volta makes first electrical battery.

British trade accounts for about 27% of world trade.

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. was created in 1800 for Congress' reference needs. The Library of Congress is the largest public library in the world, holding not just books but movies, photographs, newspapers, maps, and many other items. The library has about 30 million books and 80 million other items stacked on the more than 530 miles of shelves in three buildings.

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Union Jack official British flag.

Grand Union Canal opens in England.

Surrey iron railway, on which horse-drawn trucks carry coal and farm produce.

Elgin Marbles brought from Athens to London.

In France, Mme Hugo discovers she is expecting her son Victor.

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edna did 1801...


The Treaty of Amiens was signed on March 25, 1802 (Germinal 4, year X in the French Revolutionary Calendar) by Joseph Bonaparte and the Marquis Cornwallis as a "Definitive Treaty of Peace" between France and Britain.

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- After helping to lead a rebellion against the French, Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti independent.

- Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France. He was crowned on 2 December 1804.

- The first self-propelling steam engine or steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales. Designed by Richard Trevithick, a Cornishman

- William Dunbar and George Hunter began expedition of southern territory in Louisiana Purchase and began travels by leaving Natchez, Mississippi and heading up the Ouachita River to Hot Springs, arriving there in December 1804.

- Pere Lachaise Cemetery a 118 acre cemetery in Paris, France was founded.

- New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery

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1804 continued:

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major written

Beethoven's Opus 85 Christus am Ölberge completed

Beethoven angrily renames his Third Symphony from the Napoleon to the Eroica after Napoleon crowns himself emperor.


March 14 - Johann Strauss I, Austrian composer

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January 11 Michigan Territory organizes

March 3 Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms

April 7 Premiere of Beethoven's "Eroica" (conducted by himself)

April 27 U.S. Marines attack shores of Tripoli

May 4 Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx

May 26 Lewis and Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains

May 26 Napoleon is crowned king of Italy

June 4 Tripoli forced to conclude peace with U.S. after war over tribute

June 5 1st recorded tornado in "Tornado Alley" (Southern Illinois)

June 21 Great Stoneface Mt found in NH

July 8 American Bill Richmond knocks out Jack Holmes, Kilburn Wells, England

July 26 Naples/Calabria struck by Earthquake; about 26,000 die

September 4 1st edition of Batavian State-Current published

September 30 Napoleons army draws into the Rhine

October 21 Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French and Spanish fleet and dies

October 23 Sailing ship "Aeneus" sinks off Newfoundland killing 340

November 7 Lewis and Clark 1st sights Pacific Ocean

November 8 Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean

November 16 Battle at Schongrabern: Russian army stop French

November 18 30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset Maine, organizes

November 18 Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America

November 18 Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st Americans to cross continent

November 20 Beethoven's "Fidelio," premieres in Vienna

November 25 Opera "Thais" 1st American performance

December 2 Napoleon defeats Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz

December 9 Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth

December 26 France and Austria signs Peace of Pressburg

December 26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia

December 31 End of French Republican calendar; France returns to Gregorianism

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- Logan County, Kentucky, future president Andrew Jackson participated in a duel, killing Charles Dickinson, a lawyer regarded as one of the best pistol shots in the area.

- German emperor Francis II officially dissolved the Holy Roman Empire which was formed in 962AD when he abdicated. The Empire was a medieval state that embraced most of central Europe and Italy under the rule of German kings. Although it intended to be a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire, long before its dissolution it had ceased to be a major political power. Said Voltaire, "It was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire".

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I used to teach an advertising copywriting class. New/young copywriters all have one thing in common. They find it difficult to be brief. Their copy is often too wordy. This is no good, especially when writing copy for broadcast advertising. It takes more time to capsulize the message than to run on and include every thought that comes to mind. I'd always cite this Voltaire story.

Voltaire was writing to a dear friend whom he hadn't communicated with in a long while. He had much to tell. Before he knew it he had written ten pages. In closing he apologized and said: "Sorry dear friend. I should have been more brief and concise but I just didn't have the time."

A little instruction. A little irony. A little Voltaire.

And yes, now even a little Uncle Joe.

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Voltaire was writing to a dear friend whom he hadn't communicated with in a long while. He had much to tell. Before he knew it he had written ten pages. In closing he apologized and said: "Sorry dear friend. I should have been more brief and concise but I just didn't have the time."

A little instruction. A little irony. A little Voltaire.

And yes, now even a little Uncle Joe.

:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

I like Voltaire, I love Uncle Joe!!!!!!!!! :: ::

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- Dec 4th - Most Worshipful Brother Prince Hall, the first African American known to have received the Masonic degrees in America, died.

- Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason. He was charged with treason for planning an expedition to invade Mexico. He was later found innocent.

- A British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forced the passage of the Dardanelles.

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January 1 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)

January 12 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Neth, 150 die

January 20 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

January 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight

February 8 Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau

February 9 French Sanhedrin convened by Napoleon

February 10 U.S. Coast Survey authorized by Congress

February 19 British squadron under Adm Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelle

February 19 VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent

February 24 17 die and 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in England

March 2 Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808

March 5 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B

March 25 1st railway passenger service began in England

March 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade

March 25 George Canning becomes British minister of Foreign affairs

May 22 Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Virginia (acquitted)

May 22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Phila)

June 22 British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812

June 26 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die

June 28 British troops lands at Ensenada, Argentina

July 7 France, Russia and Prussia sign Peace of Tilsit

August 17 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

September 1 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire

September 4 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat

September 14 Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge

December 22 Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France


January 1 African Benevolent Society (education) forms

January 1 Congress prohibits importation of slaves

January 1 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony

January 10 Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as Governor-General of Netherlands Indies

January 19 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law

February 11 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa

March 6 1st college orchestra in U.S. founded, at Harvard

March 7 Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro

March 23 Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain

March 27 Joseph Haydns oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna

March 31 French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names

April 9 Mayor Wolters offers French king Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace

April 13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance

April 17 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships

April 30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

May 2 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid

May 3 Goya's "Executions of 3rd of May"

May 30 Napoleon annexes Tuscany and gave it seats in French Senate

June 1 1st U.S. land-grant university founded at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

June 5 Battle at Wagram: French army beats Austrians

June 15 Jozef Napoleon becomes king of Spain

June 22 Zebulon Pike reaches his peak

July 2 Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam

July 5 Battle of Buenos Aires

July 15 French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples

July 20 Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names

July 28 Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey

August 17 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

September 30 Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire

October 17 Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw

October 31 Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain

November 10 Osage Treaty signed

December 7 James Madison elected U.S. pres/George Clinton vice-pres

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  • 6 months later...


A leap year starting on a Friday

January 1 - Importation of slaves into the United States is banned

February - Russia issues an ultimatum to Sweden, to join France, Denmark and Russia and attacks Finland.

26 January - Rum Rebellion: On the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of the colony of New South Wales, disgruntled military officers of the New South Wales Corps (the "Rum Corps") overthrow and imprison Governor William Bligh and seize control of the colony.

February 2 - French troops occupy Papal States (Vatican)

February 11 - Anthracite coal first burned as fuel, experimentally.

February 21 - Russian troops cross border to Finland without declaration of war - the Finnish War begins

March 2 - Russian troops occupy Helsinki and threaten Sveaborg

March 11 - Russian troops occupy Tampere

March 22 - Russian troops occupy Turku

March 26 - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII

April 6 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.

April 16 - Troops under colonel Carl von Döbeln clash with Russian troops in Pyhäjoki, Finland

May 2 - Peninsular War: The people of Madrid uprise against the French troops.

May 3:

The fortress of Sveaborg is lost by Sweden to Russia, during the Finnish War.

Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who uprose on May 2 are fired near Príncipe Pío hill.

June 12 - Landing of Swedish troops to Ala-Lemu fails

June 19 - Second landing of Swedish troops fails in Ala-Lemu

July 5 - Battle of Buenos Aires - locals repel the British troops

July 14 - Troops under colonel Adlercreutz force Russians to withdraw in Lapua

August 10 - Troops under Carl von Döbeln defeat Russian attack in Kauhajoki

August 21 - Battle of Vimiero - British troops under Duke of Wellington defeat French under general Junot

September 29-October 19 - Truce between Swedish and Russian troops in Finland

November 19 - New truce ends fighting in Finland

November - Swedish troops evacuate Finland. Tsar Alexander I of Russia proclaims Finland a part of Russia.

November - James Madison defeats Charles C. Pinckney in U.S. presidential election

December - Napoleon invades Spain

December 9 - At 20:34 UTC Mercury occults Saturn. There are no observation records.

Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Mustafa IV (1807-1808) to Mahmud II (1808-1839)

Academy of Fine Arts, Munich founded

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January 1 Holland Brigade under brig gen Chasse reaches Madrid

January 5 Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain and France

January 12 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from French (until 1814)

January 20 1st U.S. geology book published by William Maclure

February 1 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system

February 3 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)

February 8 Franz I of Austria declares war on France

February 11 Robert Fulton patents steamboat

February 13 French take Saragossa, Spain after a long siege

February 20 Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state

March 1 Embargo Act of 1807 repealed and Non-Intercourse Act signed

March 4 Madison becomes 1st president inaugurated in American-made clothes

April 14 Napoleon defeated Austria in the Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria

April 18 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England

April 20 Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria

April 22 Battle at Eckmuhl - Napoleon beats Austria arch duke Karl

May 5 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland

May 5 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a U.S. patent (weaving straw)

May 17 Papal States annexed by France

May 21 Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon

May 24 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war

June 1 Allardyce Barclay begins a bet of walking 1 mile every hour for 1,000 hours. Each hour he walked a mile round trip from his home

June 6 Sweden declares independence, constitutional monarchy established

June 10 1st U.S. steamboat to a make an ocean voyage leaves New York for Phila

July 27 Battle at Talavera: British/Spanish army vs French army

July 30 English invasion army lands in Walcheren

July 31 1st practical U.S. railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Phila

August 8 70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnus, arrive in Israel (Palestine)

August 10 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)

September 18 Royal Opera House in London opens

November 22 Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen

December 16 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Josephine by French Senate

December 26 English invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen

December 30 Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston

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