What happened in 1821?

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Major Events:

  • February 9 - The George Washington University is chartered as The Columbian College of the District of Columbia by President Monroe.
  • March 4 - James Monroe is sworn in for his second term as President of the United States.
  • March 25 (O.S.)/April 6 (N.S.) - Greece declares its liberation from the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence.
  • April 10 - Ecumenical Patriarch Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is blamed by the Ottoman government for being unable to suppress Greek independence and is hung outside the main gate of the Patriarchal Cathedral immediately after the celebration of Easter.
  • May 5 - Emperor Napoléon I dies in exile on Saint Helena of stomach cancer.
  • June 14 - King Badi VII of Sennar surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom.
  • June 19 - The Philikí Etaireía are decisively defeated by the Ottomans at Drăgăşani (in Wallachia).
  • June 24 - Battle of Carabobo: Simón Bolívar wins Venezuela's independence from Spain (see Venezuela's independence).
  • June 27 - The New Hampton School is founded in the United States state of New Hampshire.
  • July 10 - The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain.
  • July 19 - George IV is crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • July 24 - Battle of Carabobo in the South American Wars of Independence, Decisive patriot victory that is recognized to win Venezuela's independence
  • July 28 - Peru declares independence from Spain (see Peru's Independence from Spain).
  • August 10 - Missouri is admitted as the 24th U.S. state (see History of Missouri.
  • August 19 - Navarino Massacre: Greek rebels massacre 3,000 inhabitants of the city of Navarino.
  • August 21 - Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the Eliza Frances.
  • September 4 - Chilean general José Miguel Carrera is executed by an Argentinian military tribunal in the city of Mendoza.
  • September 7 - The Republic of Gran Colombia (a federation covering much of present day Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador) is established, with Simón Bolívar as the founding President and Francisco de Paula Santander as vice president.
  • September 11 - Greek War of Independence: Greek rebels massacre all the Turkish and Jewish inhabitants of Tripoli, Greece (see Fall of Tripolitsa).
  • September 15 - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica gain independence from Spain (see History of Central America).
  • September 18 - Amherst College is founded in Massachusetts.
  • September 27 - Mexico gains its independence from Spain (see Mexican War of Independence).
  • November 16 - American Old West: The Santa Fe Trail is used by the first White American.
  • November 28 - Panama declares independence from Spain (see History of Panama).
  • December 1 - The Dominican Republic declares independence from Spain only to be invaded by Haiti in 1822 (see History of the Dominican Republic).
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