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Notable Historical Events - 1831

1831Charles Darwin travels aboard HMS Beagle

1831Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

1831William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal

1831Charles Darwin meets with capt Fitzroy at Plymouth

1831John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle

1831Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam

1831HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs England for South America

1831Charles Darwin refuses to travel with HMS Beagle

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