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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1823 AD

January

January 27: President Monroe appoints 1st U.S. ambassadors to South America

February

February 2: Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
February 20: English Captain James Weddell reaches 74 degrees 15' S, 1520 km from S pole

March

March 11: 1st normal school in U.S. opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vt

April

April 22: Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
April 22: R. J. Tyers patents roller skates
April 24: Eugene Scribes "Le Menteur Veridique," premieres in Paris

May

May 8: "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
May 10: 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft. Snelling

June

June 16: King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp

July

July 1: 9th Postmaster General: John McLean of Ohio takes office
July 1: United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico
July 14: Switzerland signs boundaries for fugitives

September

September 10: Simon Bolivar named president of Peru
September 21: Moroni 1st appears to Joseph Smith, according to Smith

October

October 5: Weber visits Beethoven
October 12: Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs)

November

November 12: Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens

December

December 2: President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"
December 13: Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London
December 19: Georgia passes 1st U.S. state birth registration law
December 20: Franz Schuberts "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde," premieres in Vienna
December 23: "Visit from St. Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel
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