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The Twenty-Six Star Flag became official on July 4th, 1822 after a star was added when Missouri became the 24th State on August 10th, 1821. This was the official flag for 14 years. 

Politics and Government


December 2, 1823: U.S. President James Monroe, stating that the Americas are off-limits for further European colonization, declares The Monroe Doctrine.


March 4, 1825: John Quincy Adams is inaugurated as the 6th President of the United States.


July 4, 1826: Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson die on the same day, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. They were the last living Signers of the Declaration of Independence.


January 8, 1828: supporters of Andrew Jackson found The Democratic Party.


May 28, 1830: President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, leading to the forced relocation of Native American tribes.


July 4, 1831: James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, dies in New York City.


January 31, 1835: Richard Lawrence attempts to assassinate U.S. President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.



Science, Technology and Medicine


July 25, 1828: The first American patent for a coffee percolator is issued to James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts.


October 6, 1829: The Tremont Street Subway in Boston becomes the first subway in the United States.


October 16, 1829: Dr. Thomas Sewall performs the first successful artificial insemination in the United States.


April 1, 1833: The first U.S. patent for a soda fountain is issued to Jacob Ebert.


June 14, 1834: Isaac Fischer Jr. patents sandpaper


October 16, 1834: The New York City Dispensary is established to provide medical care to the poor.





March 20, 1826: The University of Alabama is chartered.


December 3, 1833: Oberlin College in Ohio becomes the first college in the United States to admit women.



Arts, Culture and Literature


May 4, 1826: Philanthropist Stephen Girard's will is filed, establishing the Girard College for Orphans in Philadelphia.


September 21, 1830: John James Audubon ships "Birds of America" plates to the printer in England.


December 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson, renowned poet, is born in Amherst, Massachusetts.


September 3, 1833: The New York Sun begins publishing as the first successful "penny press" newspaper.






International Events (July 4, 1822 - July 3, 1836)


September 16, 1824: Simón Bolívar becomes the President of Peru.


November 29, 1830: The Kingdom of Belgium is established, gaining independence from the Netherlands.


January 7, 1824: After a two-year voyage, the Ashanti headman Kwame Poku arrives back in Kumasi, bringing the last survivors of the 1822 Ashanti smallpox epidemic with him.


December 9, 1824: The medical journal "The Lancet" is founded in London.


September 20, 1831: Charles Darwin sets out on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.


October 29, 1831: The Belgian geographer and ethnographer Alexander von Humboldt dies in Berlin, Germany.


June 4, 1824: The National Gallery in London opens to the public.


April 15, 1826: The University of London is founded as an examining board for affiliated colleges.


December 12, 1821: Gustave Flaubert, French novelist, is born in Rouen, France.


January 22, 1831: Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" is published in Paris, France.


June 11, 1833: University of Galatasaray founded in Istanbul, Turkey.

National Historical Events:


During his 7th Address to Congress on December 2, 1823, President James Monroe introduces the "Monroe Doctrine" declaring that European attempts to interfere in the Western Hemisphere would be considered a hostile act towards the United States.


The Erie Canal is opened in 1825



On his 21st birthday in 1824, Captain William Driver was presented a 17 foot by 10 foot US Flag originally with 24 stars. He hoisted this flag on his ship, the Charles Doggett, and exclaimed “My ship, my country, and my flag, Old Glory.” His possession of his flag during the Civil War was a source of family angst and a point of contention between the Union and Confederate governments. It remained in his possession and was hidden thru the Civil War. It was eventually donated to the Smithsonian and is generally placed as the second most patriotic flag after the Star Spangled Banner.

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