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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1816 AD

January

January 12: France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever
January 22: Lord Byron completes "Parisina" and "Siege of Corinth"

February

February 5: Rossini's Opera "Barber of Seville," premieres in Rome
February 13: Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire
February 20: Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
February 27: Dutch regain Suriname
February 29: Dutch King Willem II marries Russian grand-duchess Anna Paulowna

March

March 6: Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck Germany
March 20: U.S. Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions

April

April 9: African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes in Philadelphia
April 10: 2nd Bank of U.S. chartered

May

May 5: American Bible Society organized in New York
May 10: English steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
May 11: American Bible Society forms in New York

June

June 6: 10" snowfall in New England, "year without a summer", from the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
June 11: Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded

July

July 1: French frigate Medusa wrecked; basis of Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa"
July 3: French frigate "Medusa" runs aground off Cap Blanc. Gross incompetence kills 150 in calm seas
July 8: Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts
July 9: Argentina declares independence from Spain
July 19: Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days
July 27: U.S. troops destroy Ft. Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves

August

August 8: Bavarian joins Saint Alliance
August 14: Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha
August 19: Java again in Dutch hands
August 27: Lord Exmouth bombs Algiers, a refuge for Barbary pirates

October

October 7: 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans

December

December 2: 1st savings bank in U.S. opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
December 4: James Monroe (VA), elected 5th president, defeating Federalist Rufus King
December 10: Dutch regain Sumatra
December 11: Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
December 11: Indiana becomes 19th state
December 13: Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
December 28: American Colonization Society organizes
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