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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eastern NY & World Timeline 1813-1814 Eastern NY / World Timeline 1813-1814

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George White's newspaper The National Advocate (for the country) begins publication in New York City with H. Wheaton as publisher.    **     Petersburg, NY, native Reuben Babcock, Jr. is appointed brevet captain in order to raise a uniformed rifle company.    

Jan 21
Military officer, politician and explorer John Charles (C.) Fremont is born in Savannah, Georgia, to French immigrant school teacher Charles Fremon (sic) and Anne Beverly Whiting Pryor, to whom he was not married.    

Geertruy (Gertrude) Schuyler, 88, aunt of Alexander Hamilton's wife Elizabeth Schuyler, dies at the family farm in Palatine, NY.
Mar 27
Lithographer Nathaniel Currier - of Currier and Ives - is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel and Hannah Currier.

Jun 24
Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer and speaker Henry Ward Beecher is born in Litchfield, Connecticut, to Calvinist clergyman Lyman Beecher and his wife.    

Oct 5
Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh is killed by American forces at Ontario's Battle of the Thames. His confederation dissolves at the tribes had to move west again.    
Oct 9
Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is born in the village of Le Roncole (some sources say his birthdate was October 10th)
Oct 26
A force of British regulars, Mohawk Indians and Canadian militia defeat U.S. forces at Chateauguay.

Nov 12
French-American writer Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur (John Hector St. John in New York) dies in Sarcelles, France, at the age of 77, having returned to his birth country.

Dec 8
German classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven conducts the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7, Opus 92, in Vienna.

New York City
Burials below Canal Street are forbidden.

New York State
Microscope maker Charles Achilles Spencer is born in Lenox.    **    Circus impresario Lewis B. (L. B.) Lent is born in Somers.    **    The 57 members of Utica's First Presbyterian Society of Utica form a separate church.   **    Albany mayor Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer  and the city council sign a charter creating the Albany Academy, an independent boys' college preparatory day school, enrolling students from the age of 3 through grade 12.

David Shriver, Jr., Superintendent of the Cumberland Road (aka the National Road) opens the Casselman Bridge over the Casselman River. The 80-foot one-arch stone bridge, the largest in America at this time, will open in 1815.    

After the naval Battle of Lake Erie the British abandon Ontario's Fort Malden at Amherstburg.

Jan 24
Massachusetts farmer, soldier and political leader William Heath, 76, dies at his birthplace in Roxbury. He will be buried in nearby Forest Hills Cemetery. The linearly town of Heath will be named in his honor.

Feb 22
Michigan politician Henry Porter (P.) Baldwin is born in Coventry, Rhode Island, to John and Margaret Williams Baldwin.

Mar 27
Andrew Jackson defeats the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend of Alabama's Tallapoosa River, (just west of the Georgia line).

May 10
Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton establishes service across the East River between Brooklyn's future Fulton Street and Manhattan's Fulton Street. That first steamer is the Nassau.

Jun 24
English stonecutter John Knowles is born in Otley, Yorkshire, to Joseph and Hannah Knowles.

Aug 4
Porter, NY, farmer Peter Tower dies in Cummingham, Massachusetts, his home state, at the age of 85.
Aug 9
The Treaty of Fort Jackson (Alabama) is signed with Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indians.
Aug 19
British forces land at Benedict, Maryland. 
Aug 24
British forces defeat the U.S. at Bladensburg, Maryland, to the northeast of Washington. This will later enable them to burn the Capitol (still under construction) and the White House.
Aug 29
Alexandria, Virginia, formally surrenders to the British military forces.   
Sep 11
The U.S. fleet defeats the British at the Battle of Lake Champlain.    
Sep 12
American troops slow the British advance toward Baltimore at the Battle of North Point. 
Sep 13
British naval forces begin bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but are driven back by American defenders.
Sep 14
Poet Francis Scott Key, observing that Fort McHenry still stands, begin writing Defense of Fort McHenry.The piece will later become the words to The Star-Spangled Banner.
Sep 16
Canadian statesman George-Étienne Cartier (named in honor of King George III) is born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu (Lower Canada), the seventh child of Jacques Cartier (not the explorer) and his wife Marguerite Paradis.
Oct 4
French painter Jean-Francois Millet is born in Normandy.
Oct 17
A vat of beer at Meux's Brewery in London's St. Giles district ruptures, sending over 360,000 gallons into the streets (the London Beer Flood). At least nine people are killed. 
Oct 19
The first publicly-documented performance of the Star-Spangled Banner anthem takes place at Baltimore's Holliday Street Theater, performed by an actor today known only as "Mr Hardinge".
Dec 2
French author Donatien-Alphonse-Francois Comte de Sade, aka the Marquis de Sade, dies in an insane asylum at the age of 74.
Dec 15
New England Federalists opposed to the War of 1812  gather at Hartford, Connecticut, beginning the Hartford Convention.

New York City police detective and author George S. Mcwatters is born in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

New York State
U.S. naval lieutenant Thomas Macdonough, sailing the USS Saratoga, accompanied by the USS Eagle, captures a British fleet on Lake Champlain.    **    The unnamed hotel in Utica  near the main intersection is now called the York House.

An unknown artist draws the second Clarke's Ferry bridge of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Brooklyn Historical Society

The Legacy of Jane Jacobs
Thursday, March 16, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for BHS Members

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. Join us as New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante talks to Matt Tyrnauer, director and producer of the acclaimed documentary Citizen Jane: Battle For the City, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, and Dr. Samuel Zipp, Associate Professor of American and Urban Studies at Brown University and co-editor of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, about Jacobs’ extraordinary impact on the urban landscape.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The City’s handover of the Seaport continues...
unless we stop it.
The next public meeting of Save Our Seaport
will be on Wednesday, February 15, in St. Margaret’s House,
(meeting rooms 1 & 2) 49 Fulton Street
6:30 PM
Please join us 

Save Our Seaport Meeting Tonight

The City’s handover of the Seaport continues …  unless we stop it.
The next public meeting of Save Our Seaport will be on Wednesday, February 15, in St. Margaret’s House, (meeting rooms 1 & 2) 49 Fulton Street

6:30 PM

Please join us